Special Education Overview

  • The Indiana Area School District puts forth maximum effort to provide appropriate services through a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of all students.

    Various screening activities are conducted on an on-going basis to identify students who may be eligible for these special education programs and services.  These include:  review of individual and group-based data (cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability and achievement test scores); hearing, vision, physical, and speech/language screening; and review by the building level Instructional Support Team, when appropriate, to assist students in benefiting from regular educational programs to the fullest extent possible.  In the event that a student’s degree of need is such that specially designed instruction is required on an on-going basis, referral procedures exist to insure that students with special educational needs and strengths may be served appropriately.

    Parents are also an important part of the process of identifying disabled students.  Parents are asked to be involved at all steps in developing a program to meet the needs of individual students.  If you think that your child has a disability and needs specially designed instruction, you may contact the building principal or guidance counselor for further information or to discuss your child’s needs.

     The following information can serve as a guide to help you understand the screening and identification process for special education.  Referrals for preschool children thought to be exceptional may be made to the ARIN IU28 by calling 724-463-5300.