Together we can help families help their kids
Access a free and appropriate public education
S.E.L.F. Pop Quiz
How many CT special ed students are outplaced in other public or specialized private schools?
Almost 9,000 Connecticut special ed students are outplaced.
How many students are considered special education in New York and Connecticut?
Over 500,000 in New York and almost 80,000 in Connecticut.
Before IDEA, what percent of students with disabilities were receiving an education?
Only 20%, or 1 in 5, students with disabilities received an education before IDEA.
S.E.L.F.’s mission is to level the special education playing field for all families.
The Need for S.E.L.F.
Although a free and appropriate public education is a right guaranteed to all students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the realities of special education in the US can be quite different. Parents and educators may disagree on the appropriate education of a student with specific needs: its goals, scope, and execution.
In Connecticut, the legal cost to bring a special education case to a due process hearing can be in excess of $50,000. These financial realities make protecting a child’s rights in special education inaccessible to all but the very affluent.
12.3 million or 1 in 6 children aged 3 thru 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities.
What S.E.L.F. Does
S.E.L.F. provides grants for legal assistance to economically disadvantaged families with children in the special education process.
S.E.L.F. supports agencies and nonprofits that serve families by providing staff training on special ed rights and laws to assist in their support of our families.