Adena Local Schools
Kacey Shaffer Coordinator
Students with Disabilities
The Federal government, through legislation entitled Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that a child with a disability means a school age child who has been evaluated and determined to have one of the following disabilities that adversely affects the child’s educational performance and who therefore needs special education and related services. The disabilities include a cognitive disability, a hearing impairment including deafness, a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment including blindness, an emotion disturbance, an orthopedic, autism, a traumatic brain injury, and a specific learning disability, other health impairment, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities.
The law also requires public schools to provide services to preschool age students with disabilities if they are at least three years of age and not six. They must have a disability demonstrated by a documented deficit in one or more areas of development (communication, motor, social and emotion or other areas), which has an adverse effect upon the normal development and functioning.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Evaluation team uses information gathered to determine eligibility for services. The evaluation team report contains all the assessments and information used to determine the disability. If a student is identified as a student with a disability, the IEP team writes an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The team consists of parents, teachers, administrator, and other service providers. The IEP documents the student’s needs and goal and objectives that address those needs. The IEP also documents where the goals and objective will be taught. This is called the Least Restrictive Environment and could involve a variety of placements.
Relate Services are support services needed to help children with disabilities benefit from special education. The IEP team identifies related services during the writing of the IEP. Related services do not stand-alone. In other words, a student who only requires related services is not considered a student with a disability. The following are all related services: attendant services, audiology, counseling, guide services, interpreter services, medical services, occupational services, orientation and mobility services, physical therapy, reader services, speech and language pathology services, transportation and more.
Your first step is to contact the Adena Schools District
Kacey Shaffer, Coordinator 998-5293
Lee Snyder, Elementary Principal 998-5293
Lisa Wayland, Middle School Principal 998-2313
Craig Kerns, High School Principal 998-2313
Resources for Parents
A booklet “Whose IDEA is this: A Resource Guide for Parents” may be obtained from Kacey Shaffer or from your child’s Principal.
The Pilasco-Ross Special Education Resource Center serves Pike, Lawrence, Scioto, Ross county schools, educators and parents in meeting the needs of students with disabilities through no cost student evaluations in specific areas, staff and parent in-services, materials, equipment and consultative services.
The Ohio Department of Education provides many resources through their website:www.ode.state.oh.us