SPECIAL EDUCATION Special Education is a SERVICE not a Place!
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) • Federal law mandating special education services for eligible students • Continuum of Services Least to Most Restrictive: Least – Neighborhood school / class student would attend if not exceptional (Full Inclusion) Intermediary – Special class in neighborhood school , special class in another school in home district, etc. Most – Residential School / Instruction in the Home
CHILD FIND • Responsibility to ensure that all children with disabilities, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or wards of the State, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated
Request for Evaluation Psycho-educational Evaluation by certified school psychologist Evaluation Report meeting with multi-disciplinary team If student is found to have a disability and is in need of Specially Designed Instruction, an IEP is developed Individualized Education Program IEP team (including at least the parents, special education teacher, regular education teacher, & LEA representative) meets to develop the IEP Key areas of the IEP Present Levels of Educational Performance Measurable Goals based on the student’s needs Specially Designed Instruction that will allow access to the general curriculum Progress Reporting on IEP Goals EVALUATION PROCESS
PLACEMENT • The disability category does not determine placement . . . • Placement decisions are based on the needs of the student!!!
CHELTENHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT • Cheltenham Elementary LearningSupport Inclusion Part-time • Glenside Elementary Learning Support Inclusion Emotional Support • Myers Elementary Learning Support Inclusion Autistic Support • Wyncote Elementary Learning Support Inclusion Part-time • Senior High School Learning Support Emotional Support Autistic Support • Cedarbrook Middle School Learning Support Emotional Support • Elkins Park School Learning Support Emotional Support Life Skills Support
APPROVED PRIVATE SCHOOLS • DAVIDSON (Elwyn) • DELTA • DEVEREUX • GREEN TREE • HMS • OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND • PATHWAY • TIMOTHY • VALLEY DAY • VANGUARD • WORDSWORTH
OTHER SCHOOLS • Anderson Alternative (MCIU) • Ambler Day School • Community Service Foundation • Glen Mills • Lakeside • Mill Creek • Crefeld
RELATED SERVICES • Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy • Speech and Language Therapy • Transportation • Mobility Training • Social Worker Services • Psychologist Services • Nurse Services • Assistive Technology • Positive Behavior Supports • Transition Services • Parent Training • Counseling Services • Para-Educators • Interpreting services • Audiology services
DISPUTE RESOLUTION • IEP Meeting • Resolution Meeting • Mediation • Due Process Hearing • State or Federal Court
COST OF SPECIAL EDUCATION$$$ • Federal mandate that has never realized the promised federal dollars!!!