Indian River School District hosting Special Education Week

SELBYVILLE – The Indian River School District will be hosting Special Education Week from Feb. 26 through March 2.

With activities scheduled in all district schools, Special Education Week will promote and celebrate special education services, programs and teachers that make it possible for students with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Dr. Heather Statler

“We are very excited to once again be hosting Special Education Week, which will provide a wealth of valuable information and resources to the parents of students with disabilities,” said Indian River Board of Education member Dr. Heather Statler. “Our goal as a district is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be successful in school and life, regardless of his or her disability. Through Special Education Week, we hope to assist parents in obtaining the services and support their children need to excel in the classroom.”

The week’s activities will include the selection and recognition of Special Education Ambassadors at each district school and from the community, “Spread the Word to End the Word” programs, informational displays in each building during parent conference nights and daily bulletins and announcements about the accomplishments of well-known individuals with disabilities.

Staff members and members of the community who embrace and promote a culture of support and success for students with disabilities will be recognized as Special Education Ambassadors.

Ambassadors will be those who:

  • carry a positive message of inclusiveness for students with disabilities and serve as role models for their colleagues and the community;
  • clearly support a mission to allow students identified with disabilities to become emotionally, socially and academically successful learners ready to fulfill their lifelong goals.

Ambassadors will be recognized at the IRSD board of education meeting on Feb. 26.

Throughout Special Education Week, parents will be provided information about formulating Individualized Education Programs for their children.

Presentations highlighting the IEP screening, evaluation, formulation and review process will be available at every school. The presentation will stress the importance of parental participation in the IEP process.

“Spread the Word to End the Word” is a national campaign that asks participants to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.

“Special Education Week is an all-inclusive endeavor involving parents, the community, students and staff members,” Dr. Statler said. “Support is crucial in the realm of child special education services. Every student with a disability needs the support of parents, teachers and family members if he or she is to be successful. We hope to foster and strengthen this support network through our Special Education Week activities. We encourage all parents to participate.”

For more information about Special Education Week, contact Dr. Jay Owens at 436-1000.

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