**Disclaimer: All information presented on this blog is based on our best understanding of current homeschool laws in the state of Florida at the time of each posting, and in particular the homeschool laws for Hillsborough County, where Class Source is located. However, we are not legal experts, and the information posted in this group does not constitute legal advice. Homeschool laws can vary by county and state. If you are uncertain of the homeschool regulations and requirements in your area, please verify using your local resources. The HSLDA website has a resource which allows you to look up homeschool laws by state, and is a good place to start: https://hslda.org/legal.**
This week's FAQ is:
What if my child has special needs? Are there resources available for homeschooling children with learning struggles, chronic health issues, or disabilities?
Yes. The Gardiner Scholarship is one such resource – it provides financial assistance for a variety of supports and services for children with special needs, and homeschoolers can qualify! You can find out more about it at the Step Up for Students website: https://www.stepupforstudents.org/for-parents/.
The Florida Department of Education has an FAQ document for home-educating parents who suspect their child may have a disability: http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7709/urlt/ese_faqs.pdf.
The Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) has several purchasable recordings covering a variety of topics, including “Homeschooling a Child With Special Needs: What Legal Issues Do You Need to Know About,” “Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs,” “Teaching Reading to Kids With Dyslexia,” “ Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: How Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences Reveal Your Child’s Calling,” and a selection of other topics from their 2018 Special Needs Conference. You can find those all here: https://fpea.com/store/2018-special-needs-conference.
The HSLDA also has a blog post with some additional resources and suggestions for parents who are just starting out on the journey of home-educating a child with special needs: https://hslda.org/post/6-tips-to-begin-homeschooling-your-special-needs-child (HSLDA members can even get access to Special Needs Educational Consultants).
There are also blogs, websites, forums and Facebook groups, YouTube channels (like Living with Eve, found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL3MoxdBUw84VhPDUQ2ISIw/about), and other online or local resources which can provide or recommend support, tools, and assistance for home-educating children with special needs.
If you want more info on Homeschooling in Florida, we've just started a Homeschool Q&A group on Facebook! You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomeschoolQATampaBay/.