The primary provider of services for school aged children is the publicly funded educational system. In some situations, the planning team may determine that additional, non-educational services are needed to support a child and that Regional Center funding would be appropriate. Such services might include respite, behavioral services, supplemental day care, or another service related to the child's developmental disability.
Children with intensive special education needs are entitled to a free and appropriate public education at 3 years of age. Special education preschool programs provided by school districts are designed specifically to meet the unique intensive needs of individuals with exceptional needs whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the regular instruction program. Tri-Counties Regional Center will advocate for and work with families in the transition to a public school program when the child turns 3 years of age.
Children in this age group are entitled to a free and appropriate public education with nondisabled peers of similar ages. Public school programs are intended to include, but not be limited to, academic training; pre-vocational and vocational training; speech therapy; occupational therapy and/or physical therapy; transportation services; mobility training; adaptive physical education; counseling services;social skills training; and other designated instructional services as identified in their Individualized Education Plan.
In helping to develop the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), Tri-Counties Regional Center will collaborate with the person, family, school and other community agencies to develop a transition plan that will lead the individual to success in employment and/or other adult roles in the community. Individuals in this age group are entitled to continue in public education if they have not yet completed their prescribed course of study or have not met proficiency standards.