Everyone Can Learn
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2419 require school districts to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities from age three to 21. They also require that education take place in a least restrictive environment (LRE).
The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team determines if a student needs assistive technology (AT) devices and services to meet their educational goals and objectives. If AT is needed, it is the school system's responsibility to provide and fund the device. If the student does not qualify for assistance in the classroom through IDEA, the student's requirements can be assessed and evaluated using a 504 Plan.
For more information on federal and state laws and regulations, see Appendix A.
Which students qualify for special services?
Students that have the following diagnoses may qualify for special services:
- Behavioral or Emotional Disorders
- Communication Disorders
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Developmental Delay (previously known as: Preschool Special Needs)
- Exceptionally Gifted or Gifted
- Learning Disabilities
- Other Health Impairments
- Orthopedic or Physical Problems
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Blind or vision loss
For more information on these categories visit http://www.nichcy.org/Laws/IDEA/Documents/ Training_Curriculum/C-handouts.pdf.