Rebecca Gromala

Director of Student Services
Rebecca Gromala

8410 Wicker Ave.
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: (219) 365-8507
Fax: (219) 365-6641

What is Special Education?

Special education is a combination of direct, indirect, and related services provided to those students aged three (3) through twenty-one (21) in collaboration with special and general educators.  Direction for special education programs comes from federal legislation – PL 101-476, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Indiana’s Article 7. Supportive federal legislation also includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to name a few.

Special education can only be provided to those meeting qualification standards in the IDEA and Article VII.  Those thirteen categories include the following:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Multiple Disabilities
Language or Speech Impairment Orthopedic Impairment
Dual Sensory Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury
Developmental Delay (Early Childhood) Blind or Low Vision
Emotional Disability Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Specific Learning Disability Other Health Impairment
Deaf-blind Developmental Delay
Mental Disability Cognitive Disability

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