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Introduction

Special Education Programs

Each corporation served by Centerville~Fayette~ Special Services (CFSS) operates a comprehensive special education program for students, ages three (3) through twenty-two (22), with disabilities.  Special education services operate in accordance with Indiana Article 7, which governs the provision of special education.

 

It is each corporation’s goal to serve all students in their neighborhood schools.  For students identified with mild disabilities services are available in every building.  Consulting services are also provided at the home school for students whose primary disabilities are autism spectrum disorder, orthopedic impairment, visual impairment, or mild hearing impairment.  Preschool or elementary students with more intense needs, e.g., severe cognitive disabilities, may be assigned to a school other than their home schools to access more intense services.  Finally, some students who have significant vision or hearing disabilities may attend school in Indianapolis at the Indiana School for the Deaf or the Indiana School for the Blind.  Transportation services are provided by the school corporation should a placement other than the student’s home school be necessary.

 

Eligibility for special education is determined through an evaluation process.  An evaluation may be initiated by the child’s school or the child’s parent/guardian.  The evaluation may only occur after the parent/guardian has provided permission.  Once permission has been received, the student will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team which is assembled based on the suspected disability.  Members of this team typically include a school psychologist, general education teacher, and special education teacher.  Often speech pathologists, occupational and/or physical therapists, behavior and/or autism consultants also participate.  The process of this evaluation is to gather as much information about the student to determine whether or not he/she meets the guidelines as a student with a disability under Indiana Article 7, and to identify student strengths and areas of need.  The actual determination of eligibility is made by the case conference committee which is comprised of the parent and members of the multidisciplinary team.

 

If the student is identified as a student with a disability and found to be eligible for special education services, the case conference committee develops the individualized education plan (IEP).  This plan is based on identified student strengths and addresses areas of need.  At least once a year, the case conference committee is reconvened to review the plan and make necessary adjustments.

 

If you have concerns that your child may be eligible for special education services, contact the principal of the school your child attends to discuss whether or not a referral would be appropriate.

 

Nonpublic and Home School Services

Centerville-Abington and Fayette County (CFSS) administration conducts child find activities annually for students age three (3) through twenty-two (22) with disabilities who may not be attending school.

 

School corporations must provide all identified and appropriate special education services needed by any student with a disability attending a public school.  However, school corporations can limit the amount of services that will be provided for students who attend nonpublic or home schools.

 

Any student who attends a nonpublic school or is home schooled has the right to an educational evaluation.  If the student is found eligible for special education services, the case conference committee (CCC) will determine the services that the child will receive.  The amount of services may be less for a student who attends a nonpublic or home school than they would for a student attending a public school within the district.

 

For more information or to make a referral, contact the principal of the school your child attends or Jan Dunham, Director of Special Education, 765-827-8400.

 

Preschool Special Education

Early intervention can make a difference.  Special education services are available for children ages three (3) through five (5) with a variety of special needs.  When eligible, children may receive services in a community preschool or a preschool within the public school setting.

 

How do you know if your child might benefit from early intervention services?  There are general ages at which children should be able to do certain things.  The following may help you to determine if your child could benefit from a referral for early intervention services:

 

Two (2) years

Three (3) years

Four (4) years

Five (5) years

Kicks large ball

Walks up and down stairs

Rides a tricycle

Can carry on a conversation

Recognizes familiar pictures in books

Follows directions

Points to colors-red, blue, yellow

Prints a few capital letters

Asks for items by name

Feeds self

Knows age and full name

Cuts food with knife

Uses two or three words together

Asks questions about people/things

Plays with other children

Uses scissors

 

A team of professionals that may include a school psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, an occupational and/or physical therapist, and other specialists as needed will work together using a variety of instruments to determine your child’s skills and abilities in all developmental areas:  gross and fine motor, social, cognitive, and language.  You will meet with the team at the case conference committee (CCC) meeting to review the information and to determine if your child is eligible for special services.  If eligible, the individualized education plan (IEP) will be written.  The kind of services and the place the services will be delivered will be determined by the case conference committee.

 

If you have any questions about early childhood intervention services, contact one of the following staff members.

Centerville-Abington-Mike Moore at 765-855-5132

Fayette County-Jan Dunham at 765-827-8400 or 1-877-420-8400