What are related services?
Often times, children with disabilities need additional support and services to help them succeed in the classroom. Some students with disabilities only require specialized instruction by a teacher to adapt the curriculum to that child’s needs. Other times, students receive specific related services to support classroom instruction.
At DCPS, we offer a variety of such supportive services, which are determined to be necessary by a student’s IEP team. As students get older and their needs change, their related services also can change.
During the 2010-2011 school year, more than 4,800 DCPS students are receiving at least one related service as outlined in their IEPs in schools across the District.
Over the past several years, the DCPS Office of Special Education has dramatically improved its ability to manage and deliver those related services necessary to help students with disabilities achieve. All related services are delivered to support a student’s education as a whole.
Service providers also work closely with teachers, school staff, parents and community providers who work with students outside of school. Learn more about the most common related services at DCPS schools here or by visiting the “Service Areas” section on the navigational page to your left.
If you still have questions or need more information, you can email the related services team or contact Program Director Erica Fener at (202) 442-4800.
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