Special Education Programs
Under comprehensive special education programming, several beneficial goals have been achieved. It is the SELPA’s responsibility to assure program availability for all students with disabilities in the school-age population regardless of the disability. It is incumbent upon the SELPA to see that a continuum of programs and services are available to meet the unique needs of each student with a disability, to assist in intra-SELPA and inter-SELPA placements, and to provide technical assistance and administrative support for the requirements of Federal and State laws.
The SELPA Administrator is responsible for assuring that:
- All individuals with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
- All general education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
- A system exists at the regional level for identification, assessment, and placement of students with disabilities and the implementation of programs to support them.
- A viable system for public education is functioning in the community, with broad participation and interaction involving parents and other agencies serving children and young adults.
- An annual compliance monitoring system is implemented, that continues to assure noncompliant items that have been identified have and continue to be rectified.
Program Specialists have a critical role in both SELPA and LEA special education operations. Their responsibilities include
- Observing, consulting with and assisting special education staff;
- Planning programs, coordinating curricular resources, and evaluating effectiveness of programs for students with disabilities;
- Providing or participating in staff development, program development, and innovation of special methods and approaches; and
- Facilitating meetings to assure pupils have full educational opportunities.
The SELPA responsibility is met through a network of cooperative agreements among LEAs and agencies. The SELPA Office coordinates this network and provides a focal point for the student and/or family seeking information and services. This function is one of the most complex, but truly beneficial, processes of the entire special education delivery system. The complexity of the rules and responsibilities imbedded within and surrounding special education has created the need for skilled and knowledgeable administrators who must understand the laws and apply them fairly