Student Support Services

September 18th, 2014

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.

Michele Ferree
Director, Student Support Services
2801 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 542-2168

Assistive Technology Team | Autism Team | Destruction of Records | Pre- School Information | Links | Transition & Post-Secondary Education


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


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 For Additional Information: Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center Indiana Resource Center on Autism


Destruction of Records

Notice 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.


Pre-School Information

Preschool Programs

How do I know if my child may benefit from early intervention services? The early years are extremely important to a child’s development and no two children develop at the same rate. Some children may seem “ahead” and others “a little behind” their peers. Help is available to all eligible children aged 3-5 through public school special education preschool programs. There are general ages at which children should be able to do certain things. The following may help you determine if your child could benefit from a referral for early intervention services.

2 Two Years:

  • Kicks large ball
  • Recognizes familiar pictures in books
  • Turns page of a book independently
  • Builds a block tower
  • Asks for item by name
  • Starts putting two words together

3 Three Years:

  • Walks up and down stairs
  • Responds to directions
  • Begins to ask questions
  • Puts together simple puzzles
  • Strings beads or completes simple lacing
  • Scribbles with crayons
  • Feeds self
  • Asks to use potty
  • Can play along for longer periods of time
  • Speech is understandable about 80-85% of the time

4 Four Years:

  • Rides a tricycle
  • Points to colors and simple shapes
  • Knows age and full name
  • Plays with other children
  • Answers most questions
  • Uses 4-5 word sentences
  • Cuts on a line with scissors
  • Copies simple shapes

5 Five Years:

  • Can carry on a conversation
  • Prints a few capital letters
  • Recognizes own printed name
  • Colors within lines
  • Counts 10 objects
  • Plays cooperative games
  • Speech understandable 95% of the time

If I Think My Child May Need Preschool Special Education Services, What Should I Do? If your child is approaching three years or older contact New Albany Floyd County Schools, Student Support Services at 812-542-2168 to request an educational evaluation. If your child is under the age of three, he or she may be eligible for other early intervention programs. For more information contact First Steps, 944-1941 or 1-800-941-2450. Who Will Determine If My Child Is Eligible For Preschool Special Education? Following an evaluation, a case conference committee that includes parents, a school representative, and a specialist in the area of disability, will work together to determine if your child is eligible for preschool special education. The following are disabling conditions for eligibility:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: A developmental disability in communication and social interaction.
  • Communication Disorder: One of several disorders of language or speech.
  • Deaf-Blind: Involves hearing and visual impairment.
  • Developmental Delay: For Preschool student only, delay(s) in one or more developmental areas.
  • Emotional Disability: A severe and lengthy emotional condition which adversely affects educational performance.
  • Hearing Impairment: A hearing loss that, with or without amplification, may be referred to as hard of hearing or deaf.
  • Learning disability: Specific deficits in learning processes which adversely affect the student’s educational performance.
  • Mental Disability: Demonstrated by significantly below average general intellectual functioning. May be mild or profound in nature.
  • Multiple Disabilities: Two (2) or more disabilities each so sever that neither can be identified as primary.
  • Orthopedic Impairment: A physical impairment affecting mobility or a chronic or acute health problem.
  • Other Heal Impairment: Manifested by limited strength, vitality or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Injury to the brain resulting in total or partial disability that adversely affects a student’s educational performance.
  • Visual Impairment: A vision loss that, even with best correction, adversely affects educational performance. May be referred to as low vision or blind.
  • What Services Will Be Provided By Public Schools?
  • Services are directed to each child’s educational needs. If a child is found eligible for services, the Case Conference Committee will develop an “Individualized Education Program” (IEP) for each child, and based on the IEP, recommend a program for your child.

Does My Child Have Any Legal Rights? Yes. Children have the right to access special education services. Although schools are required to provide services to eligible children, parents are not required to enroll a preschool aged child in special education program. Parents will be provided with a copy of procedural safeguards at the time their child is referred for evaluation. For More Information Contact: New Albany Floyd County School Corporation Pre School Coordinator, Geradine Schultze at 812-542-5506. Children’s Academy Early Learning Center  –  1111 Pearl St. New Albany, IN 47150  Additional Links: Early Childhood Meeting Place An events calendar for Indiana’s Early Childhood Community First Steps Phone: Contact them at 1-800-941-2450 or 812 951-0321. Link from preschool to information on transition, Indiana’s Early Intervention System for Infants and Toddlers and their families.


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 Links:

Indiana Department of Education – Contact:

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.

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

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.

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 … 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 … 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.

IPAS – The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission website.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights

Information Central:

Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation – Arc of 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 …

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.

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

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 …


Transition & Post-Secondary Education

Transition 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

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

Vocational Rehabilitation
1452 Vaxter Ave
Clarksville, In 47131

Social Security
3700 Blackston Blvd.
New Albany, IN 47150

Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services
1452 Vaxter Ave
Clarksville, IN 47131-2517