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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How many students with autism attend Broward County Schools?

As of June 2005, there are over 2,000 students with autism attending Broward County Public Schools.

 

Who teaches/supports students with autism in Broward Schools?

The certified classroom teacher is responsible for the education of all students. Depending on the individual needs of the student, additional support may be provided by: The Exceptional Education Specialist, Speech Language Pathologist, reading coach, guidance counselors, family counselor, autism coach, area and district program staff, occupational therapist, teacher of behavioral support, and others. The district offers comprehensive professional development for on strategies and topics related to autism.

  

How do I know if my recently identified child with a specific learning disability is going to receive the services he/she needs at our home school? 

The full spectrum of supports and services are available at all of the Broward County Schools.

 

If my child is not progressing in the areas of reading/writing/math, does that mean that my child may have a learning disability? 

Not necessarily, every school has a collaborative problem solving process in place to discuss individual students who are experiencing difficulties and interventions that may need to be implemented and monitored.

 

Where do I register my child who is deaf or hard of hearing for school?

Students need to be evaluated to determine the level and amount of services they will require. Parents should call our office at (754)321-2207 and will be instructed as to what steps should be taken.

 

What types of services are available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing?

We offer a wide variety of services to students. The district has adopted a philosophy of communication which includes oral/aural and total communication as appropriate for each individual student. The district also offers itinerant services and services for self contained classrooms as appropriate for each individual student.

 

Where do I register my child who has a visual impairment?

In Broward County, students are registered at their home school and receive itinerant services from a teacher of the visually impaired in their home school.

 

What services are available to students who have a visual impairment?

A wide array of services are available including but not limited to Braille instruction, low vision, technology, orientation and mobility, self advocacy, and family counseling.

 

Will the school district provide equipment such as wheelchairs or crutches for a student?

No.  Wheelchairs and crutches are considered personal use devices.  However, the school district will provide equipment, such as an adaptive chair, if the student needs the chair to participate in education. 

 

Is occupational or physical therapy provided to students?

Yes.  These services are provided is the student’s need is related to their disability and the service will allow them to benefit from special education.

 

Are brain injuries due to congenital or degenerative disorders or near drowning considered traumatic brain injuries?

No.  However, such conditions may be considered under other disability classifications if they adversely affect educational performance.

 

Is a report from a physician licensed in Florida required as part of the initial evaluation to determine that a health impairment is present?

Yes

 

Is the condition known as attention deficit /hyperactive disorder (ADHD) considered a health impairment?

Yes.  If an educational evaluation determines that the student’s ADHD adversely affect’s the student’s educational performance, the student may receive special education and related services.

 

Must the parent wait until the student has been absent for 15 days before requesting homebound/hospitalized services?

No.  Parents should contact the school as soon as they know that the student’s medical or psychiatric condition could keep them from school for 15 days (either consecutively or cumulatively).

 

Must the medical or psychiatric certification be made by a physician licensed in Florida?

Yes.

When will students eligibilities be changed from EH and/or SED to E/BD?
This change has occurred automatically in TERMS and in Easy IEP.


When did the eligibilities of EH and/or SED change to E/BD?
This change became effective throughout the state of Florida as of July1, 2007.

 

What kind of class will my child be placed in?

Your child will receive instruction as determined through the Individual Education plan (IEP)  process.

 

Where do I go for help?

Contact the ESE Specialist at your child's school to obtain information on supports and services for your child.

 

How do I enroll my child in a dual sensory program?

Call the ESE office at (754)321-2207. A program monitor will contact you and inform you of the process.

 

Where will my child attend school?

The IEP committee will determine each child’s placement based on each individual’s educational needs.

 

Where do I register my child who is deaf or hard of hearing for school?

Students need to be evaluated to determine the level and amount of services they will require. Parents should call our office at (754)321-2207 and will be instructed as to what steps should be taken.

 

What types of services are available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing?

We offer a wide variety of services to students. The district has adopted a philosophy of communication which includes oral/aural and total communication as appropriate for each individual student. The district also offers itinerant services and services for self contained classrooms as appropriate for each individual student.

 

Where do I register my child who has a visual impairment?

In Broward County, students are registered at their home school and receive itinerant services from a teacher of the visually impaired in their home school.

 

What services are available to students who have a visual impairment?

A wide array of services are available including but not limited to Braille instruction, low vision, technology, orientation and mobility, self advocacy, and family counseling.

 

 

 

 

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