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Initial identification of special educational needs - Luxembourg

Parents, inspectors of primary education and teachers are invited to identify and report children with special needs to a local commission (CMPPR - Commission médico-psycho-pédagogique régionale).
The organisation of the participation of children with special needs in mainstream schools involves a functional diagnostic assessment based on multidisciplinary observations.
The law of June 28th, 1994 changed and completed former laws in favour of the participation of children with SEN in mainstream schools and of their social inclusion.
The Commission médico-psycho-pédagogique ensures a child is examined by experts. The same board selects one or more qualified persons in order to hear the parents or the responsible person’s opinion about the optimal education for the child. These qualified persons give the board a report of the results obtained. The board makes proposals of orientation for the child taking the reports into consideration. These proposals are passed on to the parents or the person responsible, who can decide among these possibilities in the two months following the proposals. If after this delay parents have taken no decision, the child can be admitted into an institution or service of special education by decision of the board.
In accordance with the law of 1994 the “Service Ré-Educatif Ambulatoire” (SREA) was created, which, in agreement with the inspector of primary education and the local authorities or the concerned director of post-primary schools, organises the support for these children who, because of their intellectual, motor, sensory or emotional difficulties, have special needs and require specific pedagogical help during their school time.
Admission to special schools is decided by a national commission (CMPPN – Commission médico-psycho-pédagogique nationale). 

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