If you suspect your child may need special education services, the first step is to get him/her evaluated. You can request this free evaluation through your school district. If the evaluation reveals that your child does not have one of the qualifying disabilities, he/she may still qualify for services under Section 504 of the American Disabilities Act of 1973.
For individual schools located in the South Florida region please see the School Options section and the resource list.
The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System-South (FDLRS-South) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. FDLRS-South directly serves Miami-Dade and Monroe county school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology.
The Department of Special Education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, also known as SPED Service Centers, are geographically located throughout the district to administer direct support services for schools within their corresponding areas. In particular, SPED Centers oversee: psycho-educational diagnosis, consultation and evaluation; student placement in special education or gifted programs; speech/language pathology evaluation and related support services; social/emotional/behavioral assessments; truancy prevention, etc. For more information regarding the schools served by each SPED Center or to obtain contact information for SPED Centers, please click on the links below: