The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires states to establish procedures to ensure, "that to the maximum extent appropriate," students with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. Programs serving children with learning challenges as well as those with speech/language and other related services needs are available in all schools.
A. Regular Education Classes/Inclusion
Collaboration/consultation/co-teaching services focus on special educators (Intervention Specialists) and general educators working together to best meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as children who may be "at risk". Each school operates Response to Intervention Teams to promote data driven instruction, to individualize learning experiences and to effectively integrate resources which would positively impact the child's educational program.
B. Individual/Small Group Setting (Tutoring)
The Individual/Small Group Instruction program provides students with disabilities support that helps to increase their opportunity to benefit from regular class placement. This is supplemental instruction which focuses on targeted IEP goals and objectives. Depending upon each student’s individual needs, this instruction could include academic support , as well as assisting students in becoming independent in the "process" of learning through the use of compensatory strategies, and study/organizational techniques.
C. Resource Room
The Resource Room serves children whose disabilities require intensive programming. Continued participation in the child's regular class activities is encouraged. The Resource Rooms offer an alternative/modified curriculum in a small group setting, which provides personalized options that are not offered in the general education program. These placements are considered cross-categorical, meaning students with a variety of disabilities are served in the same special class.
D. Separate Facility
Separate facilities are, typically, schools outside of the district that are designed specifically for students with disabilities.
E. Home Instruction
Home instruction is an individualized education program provided at home to a child with a disability which prevents the child from attending a regular or special program even with the aid of special transportation.
F. Institutions and Hospitals.
Related Services are support services needed to allow children with disabilities to benefit from special education. These include:
• Adapted Physical Education Services
• Aide Services
• Audiological Services
• Behavior Consultant
• Interpreter Services
• Occupational Therapy Services
• Orientation & Mobility Services
• Physical Therapy Services
• School Psychological Services
• Speech and Language Services
• Vision Specialist
• Work-Study/Transition Services
Other Support Personnel/Programs
• Counseling Services
• Nursing Services
Students with Disabilities Served
A. Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5)
B. School Age (ages 6-21) students with identified disability conditions
• Cognitive Disabilities
• Multiple Disabilities
• Specific Learning Disabilities
• Other Health Impairment
• Orthopedically Handicapped
• Severe Emotional Disturbance
• Hearing Impairment
• Visual Impairment
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Speech / Language Disability