• Special Education
  • Directive
    The Pupil Services Department is responsible for coordinating programs and services for student's ages 3 years to 22 years of age that have been identified as having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).
    Evaluations for Identification
    Multi-factored evaluations (MFE) are coordinated and conducted by licensed School Psychologists and licensed Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) for any child ages 3 years old to 22 years old who is a resident of the district and is suspected if having a disability. Evaluations follow the format set forth by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. These educational assessments are designed to assess the child's current levels of performance and relate those to expected levels in order to determine whether the child has a disability.
    Qualification Criteria
    Students who are found to have a disability must be identified in one or more of the following areas:
    • Autism
    • Cognitive Disability
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Hearing Impaired
    • Emotional Disability
    • Multiple Disability
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment
    Programs and Services
    A full continuum of programs and services are available to students with disabilities who attend the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools. Students receive special education and related services in their neighborhood school unless the students' needs can not be successfully and appropriately met in that school. If that situation the district reserves the right to provide services in another building in the district. In addition, some programs are available through cooperative placements with neighboring school districts. All programs and services that are required to provide the student with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) are provided at no cost to the family through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) specifically designed to meet the individual child's unique needs.
    Programs and services in the district include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Integrated Preschool
    • Licensed and Highly Qualified Intervention Specialists
    • Speech Language Pathologists
    • School Psychologists
    • Licensed Guidance Counselors
    Other services are available through the Four Cities Compact including services to meet the needs of children with emotional disturbances and a transition coordinator. In addition, the district contracts with other agencies for the following services:
    • Physical Therapy (PT)
    • Occupational Therapy (OT)
    • Specialized Assessments
    • Educational Audiology Assessments
    • School Health Services
    • Itinerate services
    • Speech Language Therapy
    Continuum of Services
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) requires that "to the maximum extent appropriate" children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. Removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment is permitted only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes, with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily. The continuum of placement options includes:
    • General Education Environment with no supports of services
    • General Education Environment with Collaboration and Consultation Services
    • Inclusion in the General Education Environment with Supports
    • Individual or Small Group Instruction with an Intervention Specialist Tutor
    • Large Group Instruction with an Intervention Specialist Teacher
    • Educational Services provided in a Separate Facility
    • Home Instruction
    • Educational or Legal Institutions and/or Hospitals