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.