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About Special Services

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Mission


In support of the mission of Laramie County School District 1, the mission of the Special Services Department is to guarantee specialized instruction, maximized student learning and a variety of educational opportunities to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).


Overview


LCSD1's Special Services offers a wide range of programs and services are provided for children ages 5 to 21 with special educational needs. The primary purpose of special education is to ensure that exceptional children develop mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.

Every school in the district provides special education services within resource rooms as well as regular classrooms. Some schools also have district-wide programs.

Services are provided for students with educational disabilities in full compliance with regulations and requirements of the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the federal mandates as outlined in the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

For more information about LCSD1 Special Services programs, please call 307-771-2174


picture of a chart that shows the percentage of students with IDEA disability in different years. Starting with 2013-2014, then 2-14-2015 and last 2015-2016The Cafe


Eligibility for Services
Who is eligible?

Any student is eligible when identified within one of the categories of disability as defined under state and federal definition. This determination is made by qualified professionals.

Eligibility Classifications

The categories of disability which must be met in order for students to qualify for special education include: autism, cognitive disability, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment including deafness, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impaired, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment including blindness.

What happens in the evaluation process?

Every school has a Building Intervention Team (BIT) that processes referrals from parents, staff or other concerned parties of students who are experiencing educational difficulties. The BIT reviews information and designs appropriate intervention to assist staff in providing alternatives. The BIT is responsible for referring students to the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for further evaluations if these alternatives are unsuccessful. After obtaining the parent’s/legal guardian’s written consent, the MDT will conduct an assessment of the student that includes teacher and parent/legal guardian interviews, testing and classroom observation(s). The MDT is comprised of individuals knowledgeable in the area of the suspected disability, as well as persons familiar with the student’s background. The purpose of the MDT is to determine if the student is eligible under one of the existing disabilities. The results of the evaluation are given to the Individual Education Plan Team (IEP Team) who reviews that information with the parent/legal guardian. If the IEP Team determines the student is eligible, special education and related services may be initiated to provide appropriate educational services.
Child Find
Child Find is a district-wide service designed to locate and assess students, ages birth through 21 whose disability adversely affects educational performance. The purpose of this service is to identify all disabled children who need special education and related services and to implement appropriate services at an early age.

Child Find endeavors to locate students with disabilities through:

- Public awareness programs to alert parents/legal guardians and community members who oversee or work with young children in order to facilitate early diagnosis and services.
- Screening of all students beginning in kindergarten for motor, speech, language, hearing, cognitive and health problems.
- Standardized testing of students enrolled in school.
- Observation and referral of students by classroom teachers.