Before your child can receive special education services, the school must first find your child eligible as a child with a disability. The definition of child with a disability is found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations. Read section 300.8 here.
1) Has an intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, an orthopedic impairment, a hearing impairment, deafness, a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment including blindness, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities
2) Needs special education as determined by an evaluation team.