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2150 Stringtown Rd • Evansville , IN 47711 • (812) 435-8466
Director: Larry Bass
Special Education
"Helping Children Grow"
 


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

A student with a hearing impairment can receive a variety of services, depending upon the student's needs. Some students are served in their home school, while others attend schools with specialized classrooms for the deaf and hard of hearing. The service options include attending classrooms taught by teachers using a total communication approach, utilizing sign language interpreters in general education classes, and/or receiving resource or consultant services from an itinerant teacher trained in the area of deaf and hard of hearing.


The itinerant teachers and special classes teach students in all areas of academics, but there is a strong emphasis in the area of language development. Speech and/or other related services are also available to students.


For internet resources for deaf or hard of hearing students, please click here.



Blind or Low Vision Services

Students with visual impairments attend the school in their home district with their neighborhood peers. Services are provided to these students by itinerant teachers trained in the area of visual impairment. The itinerant teacher works collaboratively with the general and/or special education teachers to provide each student with necessary accommodations and materials to meet the student's determined needs. Classroom textbooks and supplemental materials are available in large print, braille and/or audiotape.


Itinerant teachers may work with students individually to provide any needed resource assistance for classroom academics. The case conference committee also determines if any related services are required.


For internet resources for blind and low vision students, please click here.



Orthopedically Impaired Services

Students with orthopedic impairments most often attend schools in their home district. These students may have impairments caused by congenital anomaly, disease such as muscular dystrophy, or impairments from other causes such as cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns that cause contractures.


Services are typically provided by itinerant teaching and related service staff. The teachers and therapists work cooperatively with other staff to provide accommodations to students with physically disabling conditions or those conditions that may adversely affect education performance. Eligibility for services includes a requirement for available medical background including a diagnostic statement by a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine describing the orthopedic impairment.

For internet resources for orthopedically impaired students, please click here.



Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

Children diagnosed to have a disorder falling within the autism spectrum are served in the school setting that best meets their needs. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation offers the services of an Autism Resource Team and a Parent Support Group. The Autism Resource Team provides assistance to teachers, parents, and other service providers attempting to meet the challenges of living and working with children who have autism. A library of resource materials is available upon request.


For internet resources regarding autism, please click here.



Mild Cognitive Disabilities Services

Included within the mild disabilities category are the services of both Mild  Cognitive Disabilities and Learning Disabilities. Mild cognitive disability services are currently provided in all EvansvilleVanderburgh School Corporation elementary, middle and high schools. Whenever possible, students with mild cognitive disabilities are served in their home school districts. When placement outside of the home district is warranted, special transportation is provided. To the maximum extent appropriate, students with mild disabilities are included in the general education program. Services, as determined by the case conference committee, are provided by teachers who are specifically trained in the area of Mild Cognitive Disabilities. The case conference committee may also recommend related services required to meet the determined needs of the students.


For internet resources for mild cognitive disabilities, please click here.



Emotional Disability Services


Children diagnosed with an emotional disability are served in the school setting that best meets their educational needs. Services for children with emotional disabilities may be provided in the child's home school, modified classroom, or a more restrictive (out of district) school placement. To the maximum extent appropriate students with emotional disabilities are included in the general education program. When a student is unable to remain in his/her home school, the case conference committee must reconsider the least restrictive environment that will address the student’s current educational needs.


For internet resources emotional disabilities, please click here.


Other Health Impairment Services


Students with other health impairments attend schools in their home school district. These students have a chronic or acute health problem that adversely affects their educational performance and is manifested by limited strength, vitality, or alertness.

Services are provided by certified special education teachers and related service staff, as determined by the case conference committee. The teachers work cooperatively with other staff to provide accommodations to students.


Eligibility for services includes a requirement for available medical background including a diagnostic statement by a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine describing the other health impairment.


For internet resources of interest for students with other health impairments, please click here.





Traumatic Brain Injury Services


Students with traumatic brain injuries attend schools in their home school district. These students have an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability, psychosocial impairment, or both that adversely affects a student's educational performance. The term does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma.


Services are provided by certified special education teachers and related service staff, as determined by the case conference committee. The teachers work cooperatively with other staff to provide accommodations to students.

Eligibility for services includes a requirement for available medical background including a diagnostic statement by a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine describing the extent of the traumatic brain injury.


For internet resources regarding traumatic brain injury, please click here.




Moderate/Severe Cognitive Disability Services

Students with moderate or severe cognitive disabilities are typically serviced within one of 19 schools. The curriculum focuses on functional academics, basic living skills, speech and language development, self-help skills, interpersonal relationships, and vocational training. Most students with significant congnitive delays are served in the neighborhood school if a classroom is available.  Students generally receive special transportation as well as special and related services as appropriate.


For internet resources for students with moderate or severe cognitive disabilities, please click here.


Multiple Disability Services

Students with more than one handicap must have a program focused upon meeting their individual needs. Each child receives instruction relative to his academic level and physical assistance in accordance with his disability. Appropriate therapy is administered by a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist to aid in making the child more physically functional. The curriculum focuses on self-care, social adjustment, functional academics, and vocational training. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation multiple disability classrooms are currently located at Daniel Wertz Elementary, Glenwood Leadership Academy, and Harrison High School.


For internet resources for students with multiple disabilities, please click here.



Language and Speech Impairment Services

Students who display deficits in the areas of either speech and/or language have access to therapy in every school within our district. The intensity of services is determined by the student's needs as outlined in the IEP.



Services are provided from a range of options including classroom therapy, group therapy and individual therapy. Speech evaluations are conducted on each student to determine appropriate therapy goals and objectives.



For internet resources for students with language/speech impairments, please click here.


Homebound Services


Homebound instruction is available to students with health problems, temporary illnesses, or injuries who will be out of school a minimum of twenty (20) consecutive instructional days and can provide a written statement from a physician. Appropriate forms and documentation must be provided by the parent/guardian to the Special Education Services Center. Homebound teachers coordinate their instruction with the student's classroom teacher(s) and use the same textbooks the student is using in the classroom.


For internet resources for home bound students, please click here.


Early Childhood Program Services

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Early Childhood Program offers special education programs to meet the individual needs of children from the age of three to the age of five. Intervention programs are important for all children, but they are especially important for preschoolers with special needs. The earlier interventions are implemented, the greater their impact on the child.


A multidisciplinary approach to evaluation is utilized. A multidisciplinary team working with the child's parents will assess the child in such areas as speech and language, cognitive skills, motor skills, and/or other areas of concern. Results of the assessment will be used in making recommendations for appropriate services.


A variety of service options are available for children who have been determined eligible under one or more of the special education disability areas. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed to address the special needs of the child. The IEP outlines the extent, duration, and intensity of all services and is reviewed annually by the parents and professionals involved with the child (Case Conference Committee).


If you suspect a child between the ages of 3 - 5 has a developmental delay or disability in such areas as language, cognitive ability, vision, hearing, or motor, please contact the Early Childhood Program office at 435-8586. The staff will obtain information and arrange the necessary evaluation. All evaluations and services are provided free of charge.


Click here for internet resources for early childhood.