Homeschooling Special Needs Children has proven to be very effective and rewarding for many families. If you have a special needs child, MHA will offer you support and encouragement. We can also connect you with many helpful resources. Our members have successfully homeschooled children with a variety of special needs, including autism, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, and blindness.

If you’re thinking about homeschooling a special needs child, consider some of the advantages that homeschooling offers:


Homeschooling offers flexibility that is not typically available in an institutional school setting. For example, homeschooling lets you tailor learning methods and your home environment to your child’s needs. If your child likes structure, you can create a structured environment that facilitates learning.

If you have a child who doesn’t respond well to a structured approach, you can create a more relaxed atmosphere. When your child needs a break, you can take a break. The great thing about homeschooling is that it gives you the freedom and flexibility to find out what works and then use it.

Your Child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan)

Homeschooling your special needs child does not mean that the child’s IEP is terminated. On the contrary, your school district must honor a homeschooled child’s IEP, and continue to provide the services called for in the IEP. MHA members who have already worked their way through the IEP process can provide guidance when questions arise about your district and your child’s IEP.

MHA Special Needs E-list

MHA also sponsors a special needs e-list. The e-list can connect you with other families that homeschool their special needs children. If the participants in the e-list can’t answer your questions, it’s a good bet that they’ll be able to point you to others who can.

To subscribe to MHA’s Special Needs E-List, email your request to and/or visit