A child becomes eligible for special education when the IEP team identifies the child as having a disability and in need of specially designed instruction. The disability must have educational impact.
Your child's school will give you a procedural safeguards document, which includes a full explanation of your special education parental rights in your native language. Parents are to receive the document one time per year, except the school is to give you another copy upon:
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process encourages your full participation in the discussion and decisions made at all IEP meetings. If you have limited proficiency in English or are deaf, and need an interpreter, the IEP team must make reasonable efforts to arrange for an interpreter. It is important to make the IEP team know of your special needs in advance of an IEP meeting to allow for ample time to arrange for an interpreter.