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Special Education

 

Special Education is defined as special services provided by special and general education personnel to meet the individualized needs of students with documented disabilities.

To be eligible for special education services, the student must be between the ages 3 and 21 (from birth for AI or VI). The student must have documentation of one or more of the disabilities listed above. Also, the student must have an educational need that requires special education supports and services.

Federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEIA), lists 13 different disability categories under which a student may be eligible for services. The disability must affect the student's educational performance to the extent that special education services are required. The disability categories listed in IDEIA are:

  • Auditory Impairment (AI)
  • Autism (AU)
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Multiple disabilities 
  • Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (LD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)


To be eligible for special education services, the student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 (from birth for AI or VI). The student must have documentation of one or more of the disabilities listed above. Also, the student must have an educational need that requires special education supports and services.

NOTICE: The Special Education Department will be destroying folders from students who left the district or graduated in 2011. If anyone would like their student’s folder, please call 972-923-4638.