• Criteria

    Across the district, we provide a wide spectrum of service options for the students we serve. Inclusive Education provides supplemental services to students with special needs who meet three criteria:

    1. The student has a substantiated disability. This determination involves an evaluation process by a school-based team that also includes the parents. Thirteen categories are currently identified in special education:
      • Autism
      • Deaf/blind
      • Developmental delay
      • Emotional behavior disability
      • Health impairment (including deafness)
      • Hearing impairment
      • Intellectual disability
      • Multiple disabilities
      • Orthopedic impairment
      • Specific learning disability
      • Speech or language impairment 
      • Traumatic brain injury
      • Visual impairment (including blindness)
    2. The disability adversely affects educational performance; and, 
    3. The adverse effects of the disability cannot be addressed exclusively through general education classes, with or without individual accommodations.

    Some students with disabilities needs can be addressed through accommodations in general education. These children do not qualify for special education. Instead, an individual accommodation plan is developed for each student.

    These plans are known as 504 plans and are required of all school districts under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


    Some students need extra assistance in school and this need may be the result of a disability. Not all students who have disabilities need or qualify for special education services.

    Students qualifying as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEIA) require "specially designed instruction" which is designed and monitored by a certificated special education staff member.

    Some students with disabilities do not require specially designed instruction, but do require accommodations in order to access their education (see Section 504).


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  • Pre-Referral Intervention

  • Referral

  • Initial Evaluation

  • Eligibility

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • Placement

Last Modified on June 29, 2023