The Indian River School District will be hosting its first-ever Special Education Week from February 27 through March 3.
With activities scheduled in all district schools, Special Education Week will promote and celebrate special education services, special education programs and special education teachers who make it possible for students with disabilities to reach their full potential.
“We are very excited to be hosting Special Education Week, which will provide a wealth of valuable information and resources to the parents of special needs students,” said Indian River Board of Education member Dr. Heather Statler. “Our goal as a district is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be successful in school and life, regardless of his or her disability. Through Special Education Week, we hope to assist parents in obtaining the services and support their children need to excel in the classroom.”
The week’s activities will include the selection and recognition of Special Education Ambassadors at each district school, “Spread the Word to End the Word” programs at all schools on March 1, informational displays in each building during parent conference nights and daily bulletins and announcements about the accomplishments of well-known individuals with disabilities.
At each school, staff members who embrace and promote a culture of support and success for students with disabilities will be recognized as Special Education Ambassadors. Ambassadors will be those who carry a positive message of inclusiveness for students with disabilities and serve as role models for their colleagues and the community. Ambassadors will be those who clearly support a mission to allow students identified with disabilities to become emotionally, socially and academically successful learners ready to fulfill their lifelong goals. School ambassadors will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on February 27.
Throughout Special Education Week, parents will be provided information about formulating Individualized Education Programs for their children. Presentations highlighting the IEP screening, evaluation, formulation and review process will be available at every school. The presentation will stress the importance of parental participation in the IEP process.
“Spread the Word to End the Word” is a national campaign that asks participants to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Each district school will host activities related to this campaign on March 1.
“Special Education Week is an all-inclusive endeavor involving parents, students and staff members,” Statler said. “Support is crucial in the realm of child special education services. Every special needs student needs the support of parents, teachers and family members if he or she is to be successful. We hope to foster and strengthen this support network through our Special Education Week activities. We encourage all parents to participate.”
For more information about Special Education Week, contact Dr. Jay Owens at (302) 436-1000.