Special Education

Carbondale Elementary School Districts special education department is a supportive extension of our exemplary general educational system. Our district believes in providing students with disabilities the highest quality of service. Services are provided to students who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Following a multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine eligibility, an Individual Education Program or IEP is developed for each child with a disability based upon his or her unique needs. Students will receive specially designed academic instruction and depending on the individual’s needs related services such as speech, occupational or physical therapy.

District 95 uses a variety of methods to identify children with disabilities including

Referral by parents or guardians
Preschool screen for children ages 3-5 at Parrish School
Hearing and vision screenings at regular intervals during the child's career
An ongoing referral process completed by teachers and other professional personnel identifying children who exhibit difficulty performing in the classroom
DETERMINING ELGIBILITY IN STUDENTS
When a referral is made, a team of professionals will meet to determine whether a case study evaluation is warranted. If so, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team will meet with parents to collect information from parents or guardians, teachers and others to review existing information and determine the specific domain areas to be assessed in an evaluation. This domain meeting will address the areas of Health, Vision, Hearing, Social/ Emotional Status, General Intelligence, Academic Performance, Functional Performance, Communication Status, and Motor Abilities. Once the domain areas have been determined, the parents will then give consent or refuse consent for evaluation of the determined assessments.

After determined assessments are completed, a meeting to share the results will be held within 60 school days. The purpose of this meeting will be to summarize, interpret and document evaluation results, and determine eligibility for special education services. A child with a disability means a child evaluated as having either autism, hearing impairment deaf or blindness, emotional disorder, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness, or a young child with developmental delays and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services. Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

If the child is eligible for special education services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developed that will enable the child to be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum.The IEP includes the child’s strengths and needs, annual goals and short-term objectives/benchmarks, appropriate special education and/or related services, and appropriate educational placement.

The child’s IEP will be reviewed annually. At this annual review, information regarding the child’s progress will be shared. After reviewing the current IEP, a new IEP will be developed that will enable the child to be involved and progress in the general education curriculum. The goals and objectives will be updated at each marking period and again at the annual review of the IEP.

For additional information on any of these services, contact Zeppelyn Brewer at 618-457-3591 or email zbrewer@ces95.org.

SECTION 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute, which prohibits exclusion from programs or activities because of ones disability. A person is disabled under Section 504 if he or she has:

-A mential or physical impairment, which substantially limits one or more of major life activities.
-A record of such impairments; OR
I-s regarded as having such impairment.

Major life activities include functions such as caring for ones self, performing daily tasks such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

The Carbondale Elementary School District complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by providing services to student requiring assistance and who qualify for services under the Rehabilitation Act, as outlined in the 504 plan.