Federal law mandates that each individual with a disability have an IEP (Individual Education Program) developed for him/her. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is federally funded to assist school boards to guarantee and ensure that all students with special learning needs have access to fair and appropriate education programs. First and most important is to talk to your child's teacher. Express your concerns and get the teachers opinion on your child's learning needs. The school must obtain from the parent a request in writing before your child can be assessed. The results of the assessment will determine if your child is eligible for services.