270 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614.365.5000
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Special Needs Education: Kindergarten - 12 Overview
Program Philosophy
  1. All children are unique, and they learn in many different ways.
  2. Early intervention in a preschool program will maximize the potential learning of each child and will better prepare him or her for success in school age programs.
  3. Integrating special needs preschoolers with their typically developing peers in a public school will benefit all children involved.
A student may be formally identified as having a disability (Child Find) through a multi-factored evaluation process. A team, comprised of school staff and the parent(s), determines eligibility for special education services based on assessment information, classroom observations, medical information, and developmental history of the child. Appropriate services are identified through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process.

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities, a child may be identified under the following disabilities:
  • Autism
  • Cognitive Disability (Mental Retardation)
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment/Deafness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
Department Mission
 2013814133438446_image.jpegThe mission of the Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Education Department is to provide academic and behavioral support to students with disabilities to enable them to achieve academic excellence in the general education curriculum, to acquire independent life skills, and to be prepared for work or post-secondary education as they transition to adult life.
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Our Mission: Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.
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