Special education is specially designed instruction that addresses the unique needs of a student eligible to receive special education services. Special education is provided at no cost to parents and includes the related services a student needs to access her/his educational program.
Early Stages (ages 0 – 2): Early intervention services are available to children who have disabilities and/or developmental delays. The Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program provides services to eligible children and families in a variety of settings – in their homes, in child care, in preschool or school programs, and in their communities.
School Age (ages 3 – 21): Students with disabilities who are determined eligible for special education and related services are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Services are provided to eligible students according to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in preschools, elementary, and secondary schools, or other appropriate settings.
Special Programs Secretary - Estefannie Torres 509-686-5656 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Director - Raelynn Dezellem 509-686-5656 email: email@example.com
Child Find is a process designed to locate and evaluate children ages birth through 21, who may have a suspected developmental delay or disability. Child find offers free developmental screening including a brief assessment of a child’s communication, fine/gross motor, cognitive, social/emotional, and self-help skills. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.
If you have a child or know of a student who lives within the boundaries of the Bridgeport School District (including temporary residence or homeless) who may have a suspected developmental delay or disability and you would like to schedule a free screening, please contact the district’s Special Education Department at 509-686-5656 or email the Special Programs Secretary, Estefannie Torres, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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