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SPECIAL EDUCATION OVERVIEW

Students with disabilities (ages two to twenty-one inclusive), including wards of the state and those who attend a home-school or private school which are located within the geographic boundaries of the King George County, have a statutory right under the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEA ’04) ) to a free appropriate public education. The King George County Public School division provides special education programs and services to eligible students with disabilities who meet the federal and state criteria of eligibility. These conditions include:

 AUTISM: a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction.  Other characteristics are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

 DEAFNESS:  a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification,that adversely affects the child’s educational performance.

 DEAF-BLINDNESS: concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational problems that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for deaf or blind children.

 DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY: a significant delay in one or more of the following areas of development for a child between the age of 2 and the age of  6 inclusive: 1) Cognitive ability, 2) Motor skills, 3) Social/adaptive behavior, 4) Perceptual skills, 5) Communication skills.

 EMOTIONAL DISABILITY: significant disturbance in affective functioning such as impaired interpersonal relationships, depressed mood or unusual fears, which are apparent over a long period of time and to a marked degree and which adversely affect educational performance.

 HEARING IMPAIRMENT:  an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness.

 INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY: significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period.

 MULTIPLE DISABILITIES: concomitant impairments, the combination of which causes such severe educational problems that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments.

ORTHOPEDIC IMPAIRMENT: a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

 OTHER HEALTH IMPAIRMENT: means having limited strength, vitality or alertness due to health problems that adversely affect a child’s educational performance.

 SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY: a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken, or written, which may manifest in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or to do mathematical calculations.

 SPEECH OR LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT: a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, which adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: educational impairment resulting from on external insult to the brain.  These impairments may be cognitive, physical, and/or social/behavioral. 

 VISUAL IMPAIRMENT: an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.

   The King George County Public School division does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability or national origin in its employment or educational programs and activities.  The Supervisor of Guidance and Social Work Services (540-775-5833 Ext . 8614)  is designated as coordinator for nondiscrimination in employment, personnel matters and  for nondiscrimination in access to and implementation of educational programs under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA ’04).  Your questions and comments are welcome at any time regarding programs and services for children with disabilities.

 DISPOSAL of SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Students who graduated from King George County Schools in 2006 or earlier and who also received special services, may pick up their special services records at the King George County School Board Office. Please call 540-775-5833, Ext 16 to arrange pick up of records. All records not picked up by January 1, 2013 will be subject to destruction.

 


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