Parents will receive a message from their school soon encouraging families with special needs children to contact their local school to learn more about the special education services that may be available to them.
Each year, the district makes a concerted effort to “find” children with special needs that may benefit from special education services according to federal law. Informational fliers will be posted at school sites, libraries and private schools. They also will be sent to childcare providers and to the offices of local physicians, counselors, psychologists and other professional health providers.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide special education programs to support eligible children with disabilities from kindergarten through age 21. Disabilities that may require special education support include learning disabilities, physical orthopedic disabilities, other health impairments, mental retardation, hearing or vision impairments, speech or language disorders, emotional disturbance, traumatic brain injury or autism.
A list of contacts and resources available through the Corvallis School District is available on the Student Services School Support Team Web page.
The IDEA legislation also provides services to special needs children from birth to age 3 through local education service districts. For information about early intervention programs, call 753-1202, ext. 106.