Consolidated School Corporation

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is committed to removing barriers to learning and to promote the total well-being of students. The department provides wrap-around services, school psychology services, special education preschool, nursing, social services, and special education.

Director, Student Support Services

Michele Ferree

2801 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
mferree@nafcs.k12.in.us

Assistive Technology Team

New Albany Floyd County School Corporation has a team of individuals who work closely with students, parents, and teachers to enhance the student’s independence in the school setting. The team works collaboratively to select, design, fit customize, adapt, apply and maintain assistive technology devices. Members of the team have varied backgrounds and hold licenses in teaching, speech-language pathology, occupation therapy, and physical therapy. Assistive Technology Coordinator Dodie Lacey Office (812) 542-5506 Fax (812) 542-4788 dlacey@nafcs.k12.in.us

Assistive Technology Links

PATINS Project – The PATINS Project is an Indiana Department of Education Assistive Technology systems change initiative. The project is made up of five regional sites.

Autism Team

The New Albany Floyd County Autism Team is a resource for parents and teachers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The multidisciplinary team is made up of New Albany Floyd County teachers, therapists, and psychologists who have experience and training in the area of Autism. The goal of New Albany Floyd County is to educate, facilitate, and empower parents and staff as they help children with ASD achieve their highest educational potential. For more information, please contact Cindy Knight, New Albany Floyd County Autism Consultant at 812-542-2168 or by e-mail at cknight@nafcs.k12.in.us. For Additional Information: Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center http://www.iupui.edu/~psycdept/autism/ Indiana Resource Center on Autism http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/fmain1.html

Autism links

ndiana Department of Education – Contact: specialed@doe.state.in.us

Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorder – Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Task Force for Autism Spectrum Disordersis interested in gathering information from families and providers.

Child Services

The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation is coordinating the collection of selected information items on children with disabilities, birth through twenty-one years of age, for the purpose of determining present and future program placement needs, and for statistical reporting. Information will be sought from other agencies serving disabled children as well as the general public.

Information which could identify an individual child will not be maintained beyond the local level collecting it and will not be held by any State level agency unless parental consent is obtained. Data items to be collected include professional diagnostic information services needed and provided.

Parents and guardians maintain the right to inspect any and all data which is subject to collection and to appeal the accuracy of any such data. The access of unauthorized persons to personally identifiable data without parental consent is forbidden.
Parents will be notified and asked to consent to submission prior to the entrance of any personally identifiable data for this collection.

Destruction of Records

otice of Destruction of Special Education Records In accordance with Public Law 105-17 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation, Department of Student Support Services will destroy special education records that are no longer needed for the provision of special education. Specifically selected records of former special education students, those referred for evaluation or those who have exited the program (5 years ago) will be destroyed. The school corporation will maintain only directory information including the students, name, last known address and phone number, classes attended, attendance record, grade completed and year completed. Records with will be destroyed include test protocols and written reports, individualized education plans, individualized transition plans, and other educational documents relevant to providing the student a free appropriate public education during the time the student attended school. Please note that some information to be destroyed may be needed by the student in order to substantiate claims for social security and other benefits. All former students or legal guardians of former students who meet the age criteria noted above and who participated in special education programs in Floyd County who would like to retain these educational records should contact the office of Student Support Services at 812-542-2168 prior to the 5 year deadline.

Early childhood

Early Childhood – Early Childhood, Articles. Early Childhood Education Resource Guide From the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) .

Transition to Early Childhood Special Education – Transition to Early Childhood Special Education A Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities. Posted by: Sheron Cochran scochran@doe.state.in.us

Early Childhood Meeting Place: Index Page

FSSA First Steps Program – MISSION . To assure that all Indiana families with infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays or disabilities have access to early intervention services close to home.

High Ability Education

As guided by the Indiana Department of Education, the New Albany Floyd County Schools uses CogAT, a culturally unbiased, pictorial-based aptitude measure as a universal screener as part of its high ability identification/placement.  Additionally, the IOWA Test and the Orleans Hanna Algebra Prognosis assessment are used as an achievement measure in the high ability identification process.  These assessments are administered by licensed school personnel during the regular school day.

The results of these assessments will be used in conjunction with your child’s daily classroom performance and other assessments regularly administered by NAFCS to assist in providing an educational placement and experiences that best meet your child’s academic needs.  New Albany Floyd County Schools has two programs specifically designed to meet the needs of our young high ability students.  The high ability program at Floyds Knobs and Mt. Tabor begins at grade 3 – students from all over the district are recommended for this program based on the fore-mentioned assessment results.

New Albany Floyd County Schools has MANY opportunities for the high ability learner – from K through grade 12.  The programs and curricular opportunities that we offer to provide for high-level experiences in many areas so that the individual needs of the high ability learner can be met.

Information Central

Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation – Arc of Indianawww.arcind.org 317-977-2375 Statewide … state and national levels to provide, coordinate, and advocate a … for in a professional and nurturing manner and that every parent …
www.indianadsf.org/res_referral.cfm

NCLD – LD Infozone-Response to Intervention – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million … Response to Intervention (RTI) Response to Intervention (RTI) is a new and highly-effective.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) – Offers news, events, information, resources, and referral services; promotes public awareness; develops educational programs; and advocates for more effective policies and legislation.

Behavior Management/Guidance – Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging. Center develops and disseminates evidence-based, user-friendly information to help early childhood educators meet the needs of the growing number of children with challenging behaviors.

Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior – 
Promotes the awareness and implementation of positive, evidence-based practices in dealing with young children with behavioral problems; includes systematic reviews. www.ncld.org

Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page: NINDS – Fact sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Contents include definition, treatment methods, prognosis, current research projects, and references.

Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder – Guide for parents in understanding and identifying these disorders. Includes what it is, behaviors, treatment, causes, and related articles.

A Guide to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders – A guide for parents and educators

Division of Exceptional Learners – Indiana Department of Education Division of Exceptional Learners Room 229, State House Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798 Local Telephone: 317/232-0570 Toll Free: 1-877-851-4106

Parent Advocacy Links

Indiana Parent Information Network – The Indiana Parent Information Network (IPIN) is an organization … Bell) is a lifelong resource, support network, and advocate … http://www.insource.org/ Indiana Resource Center for Families.

IN*SOURCE – Training Schedules – Title: RPR Regional Staff Meeting for all Indiana Regional Parent … 574) 234-7101 or (800) 332-4433 or jcarroll@insource.org … As an educational surrogate parent you may advocate on behalf of …

Local~Indiana – About Special Kids (Formerly Indiana Parent Information Network)  INSOURCE The mission of IN*SOURCE is to provide parents, families … experiences, advocate for children with disabilities.

IPS – The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission website.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights

School to work Links

Indiana Workforce Development – Job Seekers. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD) helps Hoosiers keep pace with a changing world by preparing jobseekers for the…

Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Services – EMPLOYMENT – VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES: HOW DOES IT WORK? Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) State of Indiana) will determine the individual’s eligibility.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services, IRCA Articles, Access Autism – The program is administered by the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) under the authority of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).

FSSA – Disabilities and Rehabilitation. Apply for Assistance; Available Services; Legislative Help … The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has made major improvements to our site!

Home Page – Center on Community Living and Careers partners with people with disabilities, their families, and … Mission: The Center on Community Living and Careers promotes partnerships between people with …

Special Education

Eligibility for Special Education Services
Students who are in need of special education services are first identified through a referral, assessment, and case conference process. This process, in accordance with Public Law 101-476 and Indiana Article 7, ensures that all children who qualify receive an individualized education program, are provided a free appropriate public education, and are educated in the least restrictive environment. Throughout the process, the rights and confidentiality of children and their families are protected.

Available Services

The New Albany-Floyd County Schools provide a full continuum of services to meet the needs of children who have disabilities.

Communication Handicapped (CH) Services are available in all of the New Albany-Floyd County schools for children who have speech or language disorders. Certified speech pathologists provide necessary therapeutic services and work closely with teachers, speech assistants, and parents to promote strong communication skills.

Learning Disable (LD) Students with learning disabilities receive services through building-based programs. All elementary and secondary schools in the county have programs that are designed to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. Emphasis is placed on providing necessary accommodations to allow students to participate in general education classes. Resource rooms are available for students when it can be documented that additional support is necessary to provide appropriate educational services.

Emotionally Disturbed (ED) A range of program options are available for students who have emotional problems which interfere with educational progress. Resource support is available in the student’s Home School and two self-contained programs are available at Mt. Tabor School. At the secondary level, resource and self-contained programs are available at all middle and senior high schools. Certified teachers, instructional assistants, and an administrative team coordinate an educational approach to assist students to learn to deal with emotional adversity.

Mildly Mentally Handicapped (MIMH) Students receive services in their home school. The MIMH program promotes participation in regular classroom settings while providing necessary special education support. Resource programs are available at all middle and senior high schools. Emphasis is placed on allowing students to progress with classmates while building appropriate social skills, setting career goals, and receiving academic instruction on a level designed to promote academic and skill development.

Moderately Mentally Handicapped (MoMH) The primary and intermediate programs for moderately mentally handicapped students are located at Mt. Tabor & Georgetown Elementary Schools. The programs are uniquely designed to promote development in daily living skills, occupational readiness skills, social skills, and functional academics. Community-based activities are built into the curriculum throughout the school year. Secondary level programs are located at Hazelwood Middle School, Highland Hills Middle School, Floyd Central High School and New Albany High School. Students are included in regular programming in accordance with goals and objectives identified in their individualized education programs. Community based activities continue to be an important part of the curriculum at all levels.

Severely Mentally Handicapped and Multiply Handicapped (MH) The primary and intermediate program for students with severe or multiple disabilities is located at Mt. Tabor School. The secondary level programs are located at Highland Hills Middle School and Floyd Central High School. Students in this program develop functional academic skills, daily living skill, pre-vocational skills, and appropriate social skills. Community-based instruction is part of the curriculum for this program. An Augmentative and assistive technology team assists in program development when necessary to facilitate communication skills and/or the use of assistive devices.

Hearing Impaired (HI) Elementary programming for students with hearing impairments is provided at Mt. Tabor School. Services include consultation and resource room services as well as full time services if needed. Scribner Middle School and New Albany High School are sites for secondary level hearing impaired programs. Services are provided by an itinerant teacher. Interpreter services are provided as needed.

Visually Impaired (VI) Students with visual impairments receive services in their home schools in the regular classroom setting. Special materials and devices such as large print books, enlarging equipment, and magnification devices are provided as needed. Services are provided by an itinerant teacher certified in the areas of visual impairments and mobility training.

Orthopedically Impaired (OI) Students with orthopedic/physical handicaps receive services in the regular classroom setting. Adaptive materials which may be needed to allow for participation in school activities are provided. When, necessary, transfer to a barrier free facility may be arranged. Services are monitored by an itinerant teacher certified in the area of orthopedic impairments.

Students who qualify for services in categories such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Deaf/Blind, Autism or Other Health Impaired are provided programming in accordance with the individualized education program designed by their respective case conference committee. Every effort is made to ensure that students receive appropriate services in the least restrictive environment.

Homebound/Hospital Programs Homebound/hospital programs provide instruction to children who are unable to attend school. For special education students, homebound/hospital instruction is initiated at the request of the case conference committee when necessary for medical reasons or after all other possibilities for keeping the student in school have been considered. Homebound/hospital instruction is also available for general education students who cannot attend school for medical reasons. Written authorization from a physician is required indicating that the child has an illness or injury which requires hospital or homebound instruction for a period of at least four weeks or whenever the student has a chronic illness or medical condition which requires periodic hospitalization or home care during the course of the school year.

Preschool/Early Intervention Program Early intervention is provided to 3, 4 or 5 year-old children who are eligible for services under Public Law 99-457. The New Albany-Floyd Country schools maintain several center based programs in various elementary schools. These self-contained programs have a capacity for eight special needs students with teacher and instructional assistant support. A collaborative program between the school system and Floyd County Headstart program is available for eligible four year old children. Preschool children who are able to attend local community preschool or day care centers are provided that opportunity. Support services are provided for these children to ensure that their community experiences are successful. Certified speech/language pathologists provide screening, evaluation, and therapeutic services for eligible students. In addition, parents are provided with instruction on working with their children to develop better communication and learning skills.

Transition Services Finding Opportunities and Rewards in Transitional Education (FORTE) is a secondary level transition program which assists special needs students with occupational and life choices as they prepare to transition into adult life. This program works closely with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services and local community agencies and employers. In addition to on-the-job supported employment opportunities, the program offers classroom instruction on an elective basis in the area of occupational guidance and preparation skills.

Vocational Education Special Education students who meet eligibility requirements are afforded the opportunity to participate in the vocational/technical training programs offered at Prosser School of Technology.

Alternative Education Programs Special education students may also participate in one of several alternative education programs if the case conference committee feels that the student has the potential to be successful in an alternative educational environment.

Related Services

The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation provides related services as designated on a student’s individualized education program. “Related services means those services which are supplementary and complementary to the instructional program are required to assist a student to benefit from special education. Such services may be developmental, corrective, or supportive in nature and are generally provided by persons other than the teacher to whom the student is assigned.” (Indiana Article 7) The most common related services are occupational therapy, physical therapy and special transportation.

The school system has an Augmentative and Assistive Technology Team which will assess individual student needs, research available technology, and assist in writing appropriate educational plans for children who require augmentative or assistive devices in order to benefit from their educational program.

School Psychological Services provide assessment for students referred for educational evaluations. In addition, the school psychologists provide consultation services to parents, teachers and administrators and participate in case conference committee meetings.

The New Albany-Floyd County schools maintain a fleet of buses devoted to providing appropriate transportation services for students who need specialized transportation or whose program needs require that they be transferred to a school other than their home school. Specially equipped busses and vans are available for community based activities and field trips. Special transportation is also provided for students who attend Indiana School for the Blind or Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.

Transition & Post-Secondary Education

ransition Services and Prevocational Education are available to secondary level students when recommended by the Case Conference Committee. Finding Opportunities and Rewards in Transitional Education (FORTE) assists students with occupational and life choices as they prepare to transition into adult life.

For More Information Contact:
Transition Coordinator
Michele Engle
812-542-8506
mengle@nafcs.k12.in.us

Colleges and Post-Secondary Services for Persons with Disabilities in Indiana; 2007-2008 Edition
This publication, revised annually, lists colleges and technical schools and their respective Student Coordinators, services, and accommodations for students with disabilities http://www.doe.state.in.us/exceptional/speced/pdf/07-08-CollegeServices.pdf

Vocational Rehabilitation
1452 Vaxter Ave
Clarksville, In 47131
812-288-8261
www.fssa.state.in.us

Social Security
3700 Blackston Blvd.
New Albany, IN 47150
866-331-8641
www.socialsecurity.gov

Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services
1452 Vaxter Ave
Clarksville, IN 47131-2517
812-283-1040
www.in.gov/fssa