Special Education and Related Services
Special Education and Related Services
Heidi McCarthy, Ed.D.
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Inclusive Education and District Programs
An Inclusive Framework for Education
The Chappaqua School District is committed to providing equitable opportunities for students with disabilities to receive effective educational services, with the needed supplementary aids and support services, in age-appropriate general education classrooms in their neighborhood schools. To the greatest extent possible, students with disabilities are educated in chronologically age-appropriate general education classes in their home schools and provided with the specialized instruction they require. Within our inclusive model, instruction is developed and provided in a manner that ensures all students have access to the same curriculum within a learning experience appropriate for them.
Inclusive education significantly contributes to the educational experience of all children in many ways. Special educators, educational specialists, and other support personnel recommended for the education of integrated students with disabilities enrich classrooms by working with all students. The instructional teams in schools are expanded by the participation of multidisciplinary personnel made available by special education and enable new teaching and learning experiences in classrooms for all students. Inclusive education enriches the diversity in classroom learning communities providing all students expanded opportunities for better understanding the world, those around them, and themselves.
Over the many years the school district has developed and implemented inclusive practices, academic outcomes for students with disabilities have become stronger. During the same period of time, the overall achievement of students throughout the district has consistently been excellent.
Special Education Programs
The Chappaqua Central School District is committed to prepare all students for productive lives as full members of society. Therefore, we believe it is our obligation to provide equitable opportunities for students with disabilities to receive effective educational services, with the needed supplementary aids and support services, in age appropriate general education classrooms in their neighborhood schools. To that end, to the greatest extent possible, the District will support students with disabilities in chronologically age-appropriate general education classes in their home schools and provide the specialized instruction delineated by their IEPs within the context of the core curriculum and general class activities. In order to accommodate the needs of all children with disabilities, the school district will have a continuum of programs and placements available, within and outside of the school district, extending from the general education classroom to residential settings.
Special Education Programs and Services are available to students with disabilities through the end of the school year during which their 21st birthday occurs, or until a regular high school diploma has been attained, whichever occurs first.
The following is a description of each of the special education program options:
Related services are those developmental, corrective and other supportive services as are required to assist a student with a disability and include speech-language pathology, audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling services (including rehabilitation counseling services), orientation and mobility services, medical services as defined by regulation, parent counseling and training, school health services, school social work, assistive technology services, appropriate access to recreation, including therapeutic recreation, other appropriate developmental or corrective support services, and other appropriate support services and include the early identification and assessment of disabling conditions in students. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.
Related services currently provided in district may include but are not limited to the following: counseling services, assistive technology services, speech and language therapy, reading, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision services, hearing services, and parent counseling and training. The Committee on Special Education recommends any related service that is appropriate to a student’s individual needs.