Authored by Chris Schroeder
Federal law protects the rights of children with disabilities to free evaluation and education. Also, several scholarship opportunities exist for those who wish to pursue postsecondary or college education.
The CP Help Center maintains a listing of those programs providing equal educational opportunities to children with cerebral palsy.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is our country’s special education law. It ensures that all children suspected of having a disability receive a no-cost evaluation of their ability and educational needs. It also fulfills those needs through the entire public education process with special services.
IDEA Early intervention
A support system for infants and toddlers under age 3 with disabilities and their families.
IDEA Special education and related services
Special needs services furnished through the public school system for children ages 3-21.
State Resource Sheets
Use this link to access your state or community’s early intervention services for a child up to age 3 under State Agencies. Special education services for children over age 3 can be accessed by contacting your local public school system or neighborhood elementary school.
The Cerebral Palsy Scholarship Foundation offers college scholarships to California residents with cerebral palsy. These grants are awarded based on academic performance, life accomplishments, financial need and special circumstances.
The National Youth Transitions Center is an online clearinghouse offering information on college scholarships and postsecondary education financial aid for individuals with disabilities