Special Education

The Verona Area School District (VASD) has a proud history of services to children with disabilities and their families.  Students, ages 3-21, are eligible for services in a variety of disability areas.  For a comprehensive list of disabilities as defined by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), click here.

Once it is determined that a student is eligible for services, a team is established to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the student.  Regardless of which school a student is at, services designed to meet individual needs are available.  These services are based upon a philosophy of integrated service delivery.  This means that special educators work in collaboration with general educators to meet the needs of all students within the classroom.  Furthermore, it is our belief that all students benefit when staff and students work together as a learning community.  Therefore, whenever appropriate, students receive a compliment of services within their general classroom environment.  For preschool students, a determination is made as to where the student currently spends his/her day.  That environment is the preference for delivery of services at the early childhood level.    Parent/s and guardians are an integral part of the IEP team.  Careful consideration is given to their input and concerns about the child's education. Parents and guardians have specific legal rights.  These include written notice of all IEP team meetings, requirement to give consent for any evaluations or before services can begin, and a process to resolve complaints.  This link will provide you with a complete copy of the Procedural Safeguards. Many other professionals provide related services to students with disabilities including Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, School Nurses, Hearing Interpreters, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and Speech and Language Pathologists. Related services are provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education and meet their IEP goals.  The amount and frequency of these services are determined by the IEP team.

What makes special education "special" in the VASD is the focus on collaboration and the overwhelming community support for students with disabilities.  With a focus on integrated services, we seek to continually grow as professionals so we provide effective services and instruction to our students.  Our goal is to always move towards independence for each of our students so that they may be successful community members as adults.


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