41 Days of School Choice: Day 9 Students with special needs can access high quality educational options thanks to Utah program

Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2014) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, is highlighting Utah’s Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship program as a part of its #41Days of School Choice initiative. The Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program specifically gives students with learning disabilities the opportunity to receive an education customized to their individual needs and learning styles.

“Children with disabilities deserve to receive an education that meets their individual needs,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We applaud Utah for enacting this program an encourage Utah parents of special needs children to explore their options and exercise their right to educational choice.”

In 2005, Utah created the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship to help students with special needs receive  the education they deserve.  Students qualify for the scholarship once they are determined to have a disability covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Scholarship dollar amounts are specialized for the student and based on the amount of additional instruction or extra services needed.  Qualifying students can use the scholarship to pay for private school tuition or other special education related services.

Throughout the 41 Days of School Choice campaign, the American Federation for Children will be promoting programs using the hashtag “#41Days”.


The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.


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