Special Services Department

The Special Services Department at Southeast Local Schools has been established to assure that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The department is guided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, as well as the policies and procedures set forth by the Ohio Department of Education and the Southeast Board of Education.

Students with disabilities between the ages of 3 through 22 are provided with special education services after identification of one of 13 disabilities recognized by the state of Ohio in an Evaluation Team Report. These disabilities include:

  • Developmental Delay (age 3-5 only)

  • Autism

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Hearing Impairment (including Deafness)

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech or Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment (including Blindness)

Special education services for preschool-aged children are provided in collaboration with the Summit County Educational Service Center (SCESC). For information about special education services for children between the ages of 3-5 who are suspected of having a disability, please contact the Special Education office at Southeast Schools at 330-654-1933 to schedule a screening.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed and reviewed annually for any student with an identified disability based on State and Federal criteria. The required participants at an IEP team meeting are:

  • Parent(s)/Guardians

  • General Education Teacher(s)

  • Intervention Specialist

  • Administrator or District Representative

Students with disabilities may also qualify for Related Services, such as:

  • Speech-language pathology and audiology services

  • School counseling services

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • School psychological services

  • School health services

  • Orientation and Mobility Services

  • Specialized transportation services

The Special Services Department of Southeast Local Schools is located in the Southeast Primary School. The office can be reached by phone at (330) 654-5841 or by fax at (330) 654-9110 Attention: Special Services Department.