The Special Education Program is designed to provide a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities which interfere with educational functioning ranging in ages from 3 through 21.
At Seward Public School District, all buildings serve students with disabilities through a variety of educational settings and services based on the student’s needs. These services may include full inclusion, resource and self-contained rooms as well as physical, occupational, vision and speech therapy supports.
Students eligible to receive special education services are those which have been found to exhibit one of 13 disabling conditions recognized by the State of Nebraska. Determination of a disabling condition is made after a full individual evaluation is completed. If a disabling condition is determined which results in an educational need, special education services may be provided.
Not all disabling conditions result in a need for Special Education services. For example, a student with hearing problems may be adequately educated in a regular program setting if his teachers allow him to sit close to the front of the classroom, repeat instructions to him on a one-to one basis, etc. A student may be referred to special education only after other options within regular education have already been tried.