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  • What is “special education?” Special education refers to “specially designed instruction or support for students with verified disabilities.”

  • Which persons are entitled to a special education? School districts in Nebraska provide an education for individuals with disabilities from birth through 21, or program completion.

  • What disabilities are served through special education programs? Children who benefit from the program offered may have one or more of the following disabilities: behavioral disorders, deafness, blindness, hearing impairment, mental handicap, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech-language impairment, visual impairment, autism, or traumatic brain injury. Every effort will be made to educate students with a disability with their non-disabled peers.

  • How does a child qualify for a special education program?         

  • a) Any parent or teacher who believes a child may have a disability may request a Student Assistance Team (SAT) meeting to discuss the possibility of a referral for a special education evaluation.

  • b) If the SAT members believe a special evaluation is necessary, a recommendation will be made to the parents/guardians to grant permission for this evaluation.

  • c) After written parental/guardian permission has been obtained, appropriate qualified professionals complete an evaluation of the child and make recommendations to a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to determine if there is a disability.

  •  d) If it is determined that a child has a verified disability, parents and staff members agree on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to the child’s special needs.