If you have questions about special education at the Henry Ford Academy contact Linda Selberg, Director of Special Education –Ph# 313-982-9197

Special education is a broad term that describes a wide variety of instructional services for those students who have a mentally, physical, social and/or emotional disability.

Being diagnosed with a disability is not a guarantee of Special Education Services under the as the nation’s special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Having a disability is the first question when determining if a student qualifies.  The evaluation team must also answer two additional questions:

  • Does the disability impact the child’s educational progress?
  • Does the child need specially designed instruction (which is the IDEA definition of special education)? 
The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Special education is not a place or a class. Children have the right to receive education in the ‘‘least restrictive environment.’’ That means that children should remain included with students without disabilities to the greatest degree possible while still receiving those services that allow the child to make progress toward his or her individual goals. The services are based on a child’s individual needs. The strategies developed to achieve the goals determine the most appropriate type of placement for the implementation of the IEP.


Clicking on the disability will take you to a fact sheet for that particular disability and to other related information.

  1. Autism
  2. Deaf-Blindness
  3. Developmental Delay
  4. Emotional Disturbance
  5. Hearing Impairment
  6. Intellectual Disability
  7. Multiple Disabilities
  8. Orthopedic Impairment
  9. Other Health Impairment
  10. Specific Learning Disability
  11. Speech or Language Impairment
  12. Traumatic Brain Injury
  13. Visual Impairment Including Blindness