Parents who suspect their child has a disability are advised to contact their local school district or the Long Beach Unified School District Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Federal and state laws require public schools to provide free and appropriate education for children with special needs. From birth through age 21, children and young adults with disabilities may qualify for special education programs in public schools. Special education staff will help parents identify appropriate programs based upon assessment and eligibility for services. For more information, please contact your child’s school or the Long Beach Unified School District Office of Special Education at (562) 997-8633.