Children with disabilities who are in a private school by parental choice still have rights and access to special education under IDEA 2004. Procedures for evaluation and services are the same as for children enrolled in the local public school. The privately schooled child is entitled to a services plan that describes the specific special education and related services the school district will provide. The services plan is similar to an IEP. A representative from the private school must provide input or attend the services plan meeting. There is a formula in IDEA 2004 about how much money the public school district must spend on disabled children in private schools. Often this service is limited to consultation with the private school.
Services provided to the disabled child may be at the private school’s expense, but are not required to take place there. If services are provided off-site from the private school, the school district must supply necessary transportation. Transportation is only required from the private school to the location of the special education service, not from home to the private school.
Even though services are available for Asperger’s Disorder children in private school, it is usually not the best solution. These children typically function better in a school designed solely for Asperger’s Disorder children or in a public school with services for the Asperger’s Disorder child.