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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:

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

Special Education is a SERVICE not a Place!


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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


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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


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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



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PLACEMENT

  • The disability category does not determine placement . . .

  • Placement decisions are based on the needs of the student!!!


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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


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MONTGOMERY COUNTYIntermediate Unit Classes


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APPROVED PRIVATE SCHOOLS

  • DAVIDSON (Elwyn)

  • DELTA

  • DEVEREUX

  • GREEN TREE

  • HMS

  • OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

  • PATHWAY

  • TIMOTHY

  • VALLEY DAY

  • VANGUARD

  • WORDSWORTH


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OTHER SCHOOLS

  • Anderson Alternative (MCIU)

  • Ambler Day School

  • Community Service Foundation

  • Glen Mills

  • Lakeside

  • Mill Creek

  • Crefeld


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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


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DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • IEP Meeting

  • Resolution Meeting

  • Mediation

  • Due Process Hearing

  • State or Federal Court


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COST OF SPECIAL EDUCATION$$$

  • Federal mandate that has never realized the promised federal dollars!!!


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