Federal law guarantees every student the right to a free and appropriate public education regardless of handicap or disability. The law goes on to guarantee the right to an education in the "least restrictive environment." That means a typical classroom setting where children with learning challenges are educated alongside students without disabilities.
Schools are responsible for ensuring that qualifying students receive an individualized education program (IEP), the chief mechanism for administering the provision of educational services for students with disabilities. Created by a team of teachers and other specialists along with the child's parents or guardian, the IEP describes the developmental, social and learning goals for that student and is intended to promote equal opportunity and eventual economic independence. The plan also delineates the specific services that the school must offer in order to help that student meet those goals. Those services may include specialized academic instruction and, as appropriate, such related supports as physical, speech and occupational therapy.
The most common types of special education services are: Reader or interpreter; Assistive technology; Speech therapy; Occupational therapy; Life-skills training; Personal counseling or therapy; Transportation assistance; Physical therapy; Hearing-loss therapy or audiology; Job counseling or training.
For more information contact the Special Education Office.
Dr. Josette McCullough, Supervisor