Often children who are in alternative school settings, including home-schooled who have special needs, at least in the US, are still recieving therapies and services from the local school district and/or other governmentally funded services. The only children I have seen mentioned who are not doing so are those whose disabilities require compensation only in learning environment, such as children with ADHD, LD, and some forms of mental retardation. Since generally he only accomodation these children need is additional, one-on-one or small group instruction, and since homeschooling provides this innately, naturally these children can be well served in the homeschooling setting PROVIDED:
The parent has the patience needed to provide a child with the special needs education. Not all parents have this. My parents raised two children with special needs-I have cerebral palsy, and my brother is ADHD. My mother, who is a homeschooling advocate, has made the comment repeatedly that while she probably could have homeschooled me, she probably would have ended up abusing my brother if she hadn’t had that break-she needed all the patience she had just for the afternoon and evening hours.
For children with other disabilities, the difference in progress which can be made with appropriate therapies can’t be overstated. It is much more efficient for a speech therapist to see children at school, where many brief sessions can be done, throughout the week (which is often what is needed) then for the therapist to go to the children or for the children to come to the therapist, necessitating transportation. It’s simply not a cost-effective solution for parents to drive a child to therapy for, say 15 minute sessions daily, and it’s not as good in many forms of therapy for the child to have only one longer session a week. While parents can do a great deal of teaching themselves, and often have to learn a great deal with a special needs child, they cannot and should not try to be the speech therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist etc.