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Special Education Programs

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires the school, in conjunction with parents and other professionals, to develop an IEP for students with exceptional needs. This is to ensure that all children with disabilities have the opportunity to a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique need. The IEP will describe the level at which a child is performing and it will identify specific services (e.g. remedial work, tutoring, special education classes) or instruction the student will receive to address his or her specific needs. The IEP and related special education programs are provided at no cost to families. Each year, the IEP is revised based on the student’s current needs and progress. A reevaluation must be initiated every three years or less in order to determine special education eligibility and a need for continuing services.
A student receiving Special education services will have an IEP addressing their specific educational and/or behavioral needs. Qualifying areas under IDEA include:
  • Autism
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Deaf & Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
Resource Specialist Program
The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) provides instructional planning, special instruction, tutorial assistance, and other services to individuals with disabilities in general education classrooms and within special education settings located at each school as specified in the IEP. Resource students are individuals with less intensive needs who are assigned to regular classroom teachers for the majority of the school day. The Resource Specialist provides information, assistance, consultation, resource information, and materials regarding individuals with exceptional needs to parents and staff. An instructional assistant is assigned to help the Resource Specialist provide necessary instruction.
Special Day Classes
Special Day Classes and Centers provide services to students with more intensive needs whose IEP requires attendance in special education for the majority of the school day. The students are grouped according to similar instructional needs in or as close to the school of residence as possible. Each Special Day Class teacher is assigned an instructional assistant to aid in providing the necessary instruction. Classes and centers are maintained on school sites with general programs wherever possible to ensure participation with non-disabled pupils to the maximum extent appropriate to meet the needs of the individual with disabilities. Pupils with low incidence disabilities may receive all or a portion of their instruction in a regular class and may also be enrolled in a Special Day Class to receive specialized instruction.
Designated Instructional Services (DIS) and Related Services
Designated Instruction Services (DIS) and Related Services are supportive services necessary for the student to benefit educationally from the general education and/or special education and instructional programs. DIS specialists provide the following services which may include one or more of the following: language & speech development and remediation; audiological services; orientation and mobility instruction; instruction in the home or hospital; adapted physical education; physical and occupational therapy; vision services; counseling and guidance; parent counseling and training; health and nursing services; social worker services; specially-designed vocational education and career development; recreation services; and specialized services for low-incidence disabilities such as readers, transcribers and vision and hearing services.