This depends on what the special needs are and the state you live in. I have worked with both homeschool families and as an advocate for families trying to get the best possible education enviroment for special needs children, and from experience, I generally feel homeschooling a special needs student(which I define as a child with an active IEP, who needs support from specialists outside of the normal class) child should be a last resort. The reason for this is that in most states, homeschooling a child immediately disqualifies you from recieving any type of support from the school system. Basically, that means no speech, no OT or PT, no adaptive technology. If a parent voluntarly removes the child from the school system, neither the school system or the state are legally bound to provide those services. That means the parent must either learn to provide the services on their own or be able to afford the cost of private specialists. Many families simply don't have the money and the stress of trying to take on these additional duties as well as teaching make can be extemely challanging. Many special needs children simply can not work in the more traditional curriculums since they do not easily adapt to children who may be non-verbal, severley developmentally delayed or a student who needs a stronger focus on life skills. This leaves the parent in a tough spot when it comes to developing a curriculum for state approval. Parents alsoneed to consider that fact that most special needs program in the school system work with students up to the age of 21. Around the ages of 15, it is important to be working with a strong transistional program. If you do choose to homeschoola special needs child, be sure to find out what you would need to do to have them return to the school system at a future time and how this may affect their eligablity for young adult programs at a later date. Finally, parenting a special needs child is an incredably difficult life. Many special needs parents, myself included, see school as a welcome break. I am fortunate enough to have my son in a top notch, year round program. I love my son. He will always be my baby. However, I know that I could never homeschool him. I need the down time that school provides and he needs the structure. When he is home for more than a few days, he becomes difficult, confused and sulky. I know the not all parents have been as lucky as I have, but I do believe that a parent should fight to get all they can from the schools. If that fails, take the time to do a lot of research. Know what you can and can't get ..and really be honest about what you can give and for how long. Good luck..it's not an easy decision.