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Special Education Services

Special education services are provided by Collaborative Specialists and Senator's Learning Community specialists (SLC).  Based on the selection of the highest, most appropriate pathway leading to the Alabama high-school diploma, students are served in the general education setting; general education pathway or essentials life skills pathway or alternate achievement standards (AAS) pathway in a self-contained setting.  
 
The following are the collaborative resource specialist's (service provider or case manager) responsibilities;
 
-Assist teachers in understanding and implementing classroom and testing accommodations, as determined by the individual Education Program (IEP) team;
-Serve as a resource for the student, teachers, and parents regarding issues that may arise in relation the the student's disability or needs;
-Ensure that each teacher has access to and understands the relevant information from your student's current IEP; should there be a schedule change during the year, I will alert the new teacher(s) as soon as I become aware of the change;
-Communicate information to you regarding your child's progress toward achieving IEP goals each grading quarter;
-Schedule IEP and reevaluation meetings.
 
 

Career and Transition Planning


IDEA 2004, the law that directs schools about helping students with disabilities plan for adult life, states that Transition Planning must begin and be part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) no later than age 16.


While graduation from high school is a natural life event for many teenagers, for students with disabilities this requires more planning, negotiation, and decision making. Choices about where you want to live, work,  and whether or not you want to continue your education are a bit more challenging if continued support or accommodations are needed.

 

Preparing for Life/ Transition Planning Guide


http://adap.ua.edu/uploads/5/7/8/9/57892141/preparing_for_life_transition_planning_guide_2015.pdf


Alabama State Department of Education/ Transition Standards


https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ses/Pages/transition-all.aspx


Selecting the Highest and Most Appropriate Pathway to High School Graduation


https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ses/Forms/Selecting%20the%20Highest%20Most%20Appropriate%20Pathway%20Form%201-25-2017.pdf


https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ses/Diploma/Diploma%20Pathways%20for%20Students%20with%20Disabilites%20PowerPoint.pdf


https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ses/Diploma/Diploma%20Checkklists%20for%20All%20Three%20Pathways.pdf


 


Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services


Through a continuum of services, ADRS provides assistance throughout a lifetime. With individualized services provided in homes, schools, the workplace, and the community, ADRS assists every person in achieving his or her maximum potential.


http://www.rehab.alabama.gov/



Phoenix Industries


Incorporated and founded in 1973 as The Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc., the organization was later rebranded with the dba name of Phoenix. Phoenix is a 501c3 nonprofit, owned and governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of several local business leaders, professionals and civic leaders, who all donate their time in order to provide oversight and guidance of Phoenix’s mission and vision.


https://www.phoenixhsv.org/about/



The ARC of Madison County


At the ARC, those with intellectual disabilities are given loving care and guidance as they find their place in the community and the world at large. Opportunities abound for those at every level of interaction, from those needing highly skilled nursing care to those looking to make a difference through gainful employment.


https://www.hsvarc.org/

 

Social Skills Group Activity at SHS

 

There is a social skills group activity called the ‘Senator’s Friendship Circle’ every Thursday. The group activities consist of 6 sessions once a week for six weeks. The purpose of this group is to provide students with autism an opportunity to gain social skills in articulating common social and emotional concerns through building friendship with their regular peer mentors.  Such skills are important in all relationships: friends, college roommates, and coworkers. Students will gain meaningful friendships and learn how to maintain them through role playing and peer mentoring.