In an effort to serve young people with disabilities, Northwest Local is continually in process of locating and evaluating children from 3 to 21 years of age who are suspected as having a disability. Disabilities may include developmental delays, health impairments, autism, and traumatic brain injury. Individuals may contact the building Principals or Director of Special Services about children suspected as having a disability that may qualify for special education services. Information is available about special education policies and procedures in each building by contacting the building Principal.
Northwest has a child identification process that includes the location, identification and evaluation of a child suspected of having a disability within and outside of district buildings. The Department of Special Services coordinates the child identification process. Northwest staff uses a variety of community resources and systematic activities in order to identify children requiring special services. Included in this effort is consultation with appropriate representatives of private school students attending private schools located within the boundaries of the Northwest Local district to carry out this process. Northwest ensures that this process for students attending private or religious schools located in the Northwest is comparable to activities undertaken for students with disabilities served in the public school setting.
If you have questions about the above-mentioned process, please call Victoria Hessey, Director of Special Services, at 330-854-2292.