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OHDELA Fits All Student Needs!

While striving to provide students with disabilities the targeted help they need to be successful, OHDELA is also committed to educating them in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. The competency based curriculum that students engage in is a good example of how well students with disabilities can be included with their non-disabled peers in a meaningful learning environment. Students are able to work at this own pace and recieve the supplemental supports to be successful in the general education curriculum.

OHDELA is committed to providing quality educational services for all students enrolled in our school. The delivery of special education services is aligned with the OHDELA’s mission and goals. The programs for special education in our schools are largely defined by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees a “free appropriate public education” to children with disabilities and mandates that, to the “maximum extent appropriate,” they be educated with their non-disabled peers in the “least restrictive environment.” OHDELA has a team of educators who meet with parents to design Individualized Education Programs (IEP) to set educational goals and specify services for all eligible students. What constitutes an appropriate program for an individual student is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the unique needs of that student. Eligibility is determined following comprehensive evaluations based on the requirements of IDEA and individual state guidelines. Once an IEP is developed for a student, the school will provide the services outlined in the document. These services include specially designed instruction and all related services the student needs to benefit from special education. The law’s mandate that students with disabilities be taught in the least restrictive environment is the impetus for the design in OHDELA. Students with disabilities are included in classrooms with their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent possible. The programs are designed at OHDELA to meet the needs of the students enrolled. A full continuum of services is available to all students, and the appropriate program is accessed based on the student’s IEP.

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