Graham Local School District and A.B. Graham Academy join school districts
across the state in participating in an effort to identify, locate, and evaluate
all children through 21 years of age who may have disabilities. Disability infers the following conditions:
hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech or language impairment, learning
disability, behavioral disability, multiple disabilities, mental retardation,
other health impairments, physical impairments, autism, and traumatic brain
injury. Public schools have responded to
federal and state mandates which provide a free and appropriate public
education regardless of a child’s disability.
Before school districts can serve children, these children must be
identified. Many children with
disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of
the community. In addition, many
unidentified children with disabilities are preschool age. Parents/Guardians may not be aware their child
has a disability or that there are programs and services available.
district personnel will ask for information about the child. For example, “What is the problem?” “What has
already been done about the problem?” “What background information is
available?” This information is
collected in several ways, including interviews, observation, screening, and
testing. This information may be
obtained from parents/guardians and the child or from other agencies that have
information about the child. This information
will be used to determine whether the child has a disability and if the child
requires special services.
School districts are interested in meeting the needs of all children. If you have or know of a child who may have a
disability, please contact Sarah Benz, Director of Special Education at 937-663-5339
for more information and help.