Special Education

Approximately 11% of the Hilliard student population has been identified with a disability. These exceptional students have unique characteristics and needs, many of which are best met by the classroom teacher who differentiates instruction for them with support from a special education specialist. Some exceptional students require more intensive services in a resource room setting. Special education intervention specialists work cooperatively with classroom teachers and other school personnel to ensure a common understanding and response to all of our students with special needs.

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 reside in Hilliard, please contact Debbie Cochran, Director of Special Education or contact your building principal.

Students with Disabilities Served

A. Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5)

B. School Age (ages 6-21) students with identified disability conditions

  • Autism
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedically Handicapped
  • Severe Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Speech / Language Disability

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,” students with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. Programs serving children with learning challenges as well as those with speech/language and other related services needs are available in nearly all buildings. Programs for children with multiple disabilities and for those with emotional/behavioral needs are available in selected buildings.

A. Collaboration/Consultation Services – Regular Education Classes
Collaboration/consultation services focus on special educators and general educators working together to best meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as children who may be “at risk”. Each building operates Intervention Assistance Teams to promote cooperative teacher planning, to individualize learning experiences and to effectively integrate resources which would positively impact the child’s educational program.

B. Supplemental Services Teacher
The supplemental services teachers provide to classroom teachers supplemental aids and services necessary to enable a student with a disability to receive an appropriate education in the regular classroom environment.

C. Individual/Small Group
The Individual/Small Group Instruction program provides students with disabilities with support that helps to increase their opportunity to benefit from regular class placement. This is supplemental instruction which focuses on assisting students in becoming independent in the “process” of learning through the use of compensatory strategies, intervention support, and study/organizational techniques.

D. Special Class/Resource Room
The Special Class/Resource Room serves children whose disabilities require a special education program on a part-time basis. Continued participation in the child’s regular class activities is encouraged. The Resource Rooms offer an alternative curriculum which provides a student with a disability with a personalized option that is not offered in the general education program.

E. Separate Facility
Separate facilities are, typically, schools outside of the district that are designed specifically for students with disabilities.

F. Home Instruction
Home instruction is an individualized education program provided at home to a child with a disability which prevents the child from attending a regular or special program even with the aid of special transportation.

G. Institutions and Hospitals.

Related Services

Related Services are support services needed to allow children with disabilities to benefit from special education. These include:

  • Adapted Physical Education Services
  • Attendant Services
  • Guide Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Speech and Language Services
  • Aide Services
  • Audiological Services
  • Interpreter Services
  • Orientation & Mobility Services
  • School Psychological Services
  • Transportation
  • Work-Study Services

Other Support Personnel/Programs

Resources for Parents

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities,
740-382-5452 and 1-800-374-2806.

The State of Ohio Office of Exceptional Children, (614) 466-2650.

Student Support Services
2140 Atlas Street
Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 921-7000

Partial Class Action Settlement in the case of John Doe, et al., v. State of Ohio, et al., Case No. 2:91-cv-464 (Doe v. State of Ohio). The partial settlement, which is reflected in a Consent Order, concerns certain claims regarding the State of Ohios procedures for implementing the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004) (IDEA). Ohio students with disabilities and their parents or guardians have the ability to submit written comments or objections regarding the Consent Order.

Visit ODE site to obtain the Special Education consent order and notice