Special Education provides educational services to students with disabilities who live within the boundaries of districts with 900 or fewer pupils. It also provides services to students with low incidence, severe or profound disabilities countywide, to students with disabilities in juvenile court schools, and to more than 700 preschool and infant children with developmental delays. Related services include speech/language instruction, orientation/mobility instruction, adapted physical education, counseling, occupational and physical therapy, nursing services, and specialized instruction in regular, resource, or special education classrooms. Zaca Preschool, operated by the Special Education program, serves typical preschoolers ages 3-5 and preschoolers with IEPs. Other programs include:
Language Enrichment Autism Program (LEAP) provides various levels of intensive support for preschool aged children on the autism spectrum who require additional skill-based instruction. Programs, instruction, and interventions serve to benefit individual student needs, working in conjunction with other community resources. The program also offers supplemental instruction to students who are transitioning to preschool inclusion settings, based on their Individualized Education Plan’s (IEP) goals.
Nurses and psychologists are provided to pupils in special education programs, in juvenile court and community schools, and in elementary districts of 900 or fewer students. Our office serves more than 5,500 pupils with vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings and other health-related services.