The initial realization that a child has a special need, the school years, and transition into adulthood are equally challenging stages of raising a child with a disability. Schools offer instruction in and assistance with a number of academic, social, and life skills. They also spark questions about the best way to educate a child. During the school years you will team with a number of professionals. You will be involved in the identification of your child's specific needs, and instrumental in planning how those needs are met.