Special Education

Approximately 14% of Hilliard Schools’ student population has been identified with a disability. Many students with disabilities’ needs can best be met by classroom teachers who differentiate instruction with the support of intervention specialists. Hilliard City Schools is committed to providing students with special needs specially designed instruction and services with real-world experiences, accommodations, and access to the curriculum, targeting those skills necessary to prepare them for tomorrow. The district believes every child can learn and provides services and supports based on the least restrictive continuum. District intervention specialists and related services staff work cooperatively with classroom teachers and other school personnel to ensure a common understanding and response to all students with special needs. The district provides students with disabilities a free and appropriate education and follows state and federal guidelines for students with disabilities.

Child Find

The Hilliard City School District is required to locate all children, who may have disabilities, ages birth through 21, who reside within its boundaries. Special education services are available in our schools for any child identified with a disability, ages 3 through 21. If you have a child or know of a child you suspect may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and who resides in the Hilliard City School District, please contact Debbie Cochran, Director of Special Education or contact your building principal.

Students with Disabilities Served

Students eligible for special education services may be eligible under the following disability categories:

  • Autism
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impaired (including deafness)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment (Minor or Major)
  • Preschooler with a Developmental Delay (ages 3-5 only)
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impaired (including blindness)

Continuum of Special Education Services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) requires states to establish procedures to assure, “that to the maximum extent appropriate,” children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. Special education services are provided on a continuum, with the least amount of services provided to access the curriculum with peers.

Services and specially designed instruction can be provided to students with disabilities through numerous service delivery options, including, but not limited to:

Consultation – Licensed intervention specialists provide assistance to and collaboration with the general education classroom teacher, developing instructional or behavioral strategies for students with disabilities, selecting and/or developing instructional materials, and assisting in the development of appropriate classroom and instructional accommodations and/or modifications of the general education curriculum.

Direct – Licensed intervention specialists provide specially designed instruction and evaluation of instruction based on the general and/or functional curriculum in areas identified in the student’s IEP. Instructional methodologies include, but are not limited to, differentiated instruction, modeling, guided practice, multi-sensory instruction, corrective feedback, progress monitoring, a provision in small group settings.

Support – Licensed intervention specialists provide instruction in collaboration with the general education classroom teacher that supports the student in the instruction of the general curriculum in areas identified on the student’s IEP. The provided supplemental instruction focuses on assisting students in becoming independent in the “process” of learning through the use of compensatory strategies, intervention support, and study/organizational techniques.

Related Services

Related Services are supportive services required to assist students with disabilities to benefit from special education. These services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Adapted Physical Education Services
  • Audiological Services
  • Interpreter Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Orientation & Mobility Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • School Psychological Services
  • Speech and Language Services
  • Specialized Transportation
  • Transition Services

Other Support Personnel/Programs

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