I am looking for a good school in Ocala, Florida for my twins who have autism. The school they are currently in is not a good fit for them.

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Tracy Jennings, Works at Noodle and here to help!

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Know that you can use the Noodle search tool to find schools near you based on distance, public/private, etc. (Did you know there are 52 elementary schools within 10 miles of Ocala?)

There are several resources you can use to find a good school for children with learning differences.

Are you familiar with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)? It ensures that public schools are responsible for meeting any students’ IEP (Individualized Education Plan), for all students, regardless of age or disability. However, the school may or may not have adequate resources in place. If not, how quickly schools are able to provide appropriate support services can vary, so depending on your situation, you may need to discuss options in other district schools with your local school administrators. This chart by National Center for Learning Disabilities breaks down your options in a clear way.

The IDEA data center has liaisons in each state whom you can contact for help — you can find your state here. You can also see where complaints have been filed on this advocacy website.

Altogether, this should give you a sense of what to expect from your school. However, what will be most helpful is to speak with the disabilities officer for specific information.

Finally, check out Noodle’s resources about learning disabilities, where you can read articles written by experts and questions from other people who are in a similar position to your own.

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