Kathy Bieger, Director of Special Education
813 Hawkins Street
Carrollton, KY 41008
What is Special Education?
Special Education Programs are provided through federal, state, and local resources as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Carroll County Schools provides special education services to students who meet eligibility requirements of the Kentucky State Department of Education.
What should I do if I think my child has a disability?
If you suspect your child has a disability, talk with the principal, and counselor or ARC chairperson at your child's school. During this time, you will work as a team member with your child's teacher and other educators who are familiar with the type of learning problem your child is experiencing. Strategies to help your child will be implemented at school and possibly at home. In many cases, these interventions are successful, and the student's achievement improves.
When interventions are not successful, and the team suspects a disability may be the cause, the team completes referral documentation, and an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) meeting is called. At the ARC meeting, the committee reviews all information on your child and determines whether a disability is suspected. If so, the ARC designs an assessment for your child that will include formal and informal testing, questionnaires, and observations.
Upon completion of that assessment, the ARC will meet again to determine if the results meet eligibility requirements established by the Kentucky Department of Education. If your child qualifies, then the committee develops an Individual Education Plan which details how the specific learning needs will be met. Regular program reviews are conducted at least annually, and children in special education are re-evaluated at least every three years.
What is my role as a parent in this process?
Parent involvement is very important at every step in the Special Education Process. Parents are important partners in helping educators understand the unique needs of their children.
Your attendance at meetings is strongly encouraged, and your input is a valued part of planning your child's educational program. You also have specific guarantees under federal and state law, and these parent rights will be explained to you in ARC meetings. Copies of the Parent Rights document are given out at meetings and are also available at your child's school.
Where can I learn more about Special Education and Disabilities?
The following Websites are good resources for Special Education and Disability Issues as well as Education in general.