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Program Options

Special Education Program Options

A student from 3 through 21 years of age must meet the eligibility criteria in at least
one of the following areas in order to qualify for special education:
  • Significant Developmental Delay (SDD)
    • This area of disability is available for students from ages 3-9 only
  • Intellectual Disability (mild, moderate, severe, profound)
  • Emotional and Behavior Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Speech-Language Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Related Services

Related Services

Related Services are support services that enable the student to benefit from special
education.  The student must qualify for each related service that is provided for them:
  • Audiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orientation and Mobility Services
  • Parent training
  • Educational Interpreters
  • Transportation
  • Other

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT)

AT is equipment that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional
capabilities of students with disabilities. The IEP Committee considers whether
or not the student requires assistive technology in order to receive a free and
appropriate public education (FAPE).

Recommended Books



  1.  The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Child,                                                                                                                                     by Lawrence Siegel, ISBN# 1413300170
      2.   Circles of Friends: People with Disabilities and their Friends Enrich the Lives of One Another,                                                                                                  by Robert Perske, ISBN#0687083907

      3.  Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers,
           by Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, Deidre Hayden, ISBN# 0933149727

      4.  The Self-Help Guide for Special Kids and Their Parents, by Joan Matthews,
           by James Williams, ISBN# 1853029149

      5.  Special Kids Need Special Parents:   A Resource for Parents of Children With Special Needs,                                                                                                     by Judith Lavin, ISBN# 0425176622
      6.  For the Children: Redefining Success in School and Success in Life,
           by Rob Langston, ISBN#0972380639

Useful Website


GA         Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities (AADD)                                                 
GA         Georgia Advocacy Office                                                                                         
GA         Council on Developmental Disabilities for GA                                                               


GA         Spalding County Schools                                                                            
GA         Georgia Department of Education                                                                            
Nat'l       National Information Center for Children and Youth w/Disabilities                              
Nat'l       Office of Special Education Program (OSEP)                            
Nat'l       US Department of Education                                                                                        
Nat'l       IDEA                                                                                                                
Nat'l       No Child Left Behind                                                               


GA         Assistive Technology Resources
Assistive Technology Devices Tutorials. Each tutorial includes: Step-by-Step instructions to print out and/or display as a slide show for group instruction. Practice exercises let you practice and master new skills using actual classroom examples.


Nat’l        The OSEP-funded National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior &
                        Intervention Supports
Nat’l         Dedicated to Proactive Strategies and Solutions for Behavior
Nat’l         Understanding Behaviors – Center of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.


GA Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health  Babies Can't Wait     
Nat'l       Center for Medicaid & Medicare                                                    


Support Organizations

GA      American Speech-Language-Hearing Association                                                           
GA      Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities (AADD)                                                    
GA      Autism Society of GA                                                                                   
GA      Autism Society of America/Autism Speaks                                                        
GA      Georgia Aspergers Organization                                                
GA      Better Hearing Institute                                                                                  
GA      Brain Injury Association of Georgia                                                            
GA      Center for the Visually Impaired                                                                                  
GA      Down Syndrome Assoc of Atlanta                                                                                
GA      Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia                                                                            
GA      FOCUS-Families of Children Under Stress                                                                 
GA      Fragile Kids Foundation                                                                                        
GA      Council for Exceptional Children                                                       
GA      Georgia Council for Hearing Impaired                                                                           
GA      Georgia Parent Support Network                                                                         
GA      International Dyslexia Association – Georgia Branch                                            
GA      Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia                                                                    
GA      Learning Disabilities Online                                                                                      
GA      Parent to Parent of Georgia                                                                
GA      The Spina Bifida Association of Georgia                                                             
GA      Roadmap to Success                                                                                  
GA      Parent to Parent Training Calendar                                                                                           P2P Calendar

Commonly Used Acronyms

Commonly Used Acronyms

1: Disability Areas:
AU – Autism
D/B – Deaf/Blind
DHH – Deaf / Hard of hearing
EBD – Emotional and behavioral disorder
ID – Intellectual Disability
  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe
  • Profound
OI – Orthopedic impairment
OHI – Other health impairment
SDD – Significant developmental delay
SLD or LD – Specific learning disability
SI – Speech language impairment
TBI – Traumatic brain injury
VI – Visual impairment
2: Related Services:
APE – Adapted physical education
MT – music therapy
OT – occupational therapy
OM – Orientation and mobility
PT – Physical therapy
3: Agencies:
BCW – Babies Can’t Wait
DFCD – Department of Family and Children Services
DOE – Department of Education (State Department)
DJJ – Department of Juvenile Justice
LSS – Local School System
LEA – Local education Agency
SEA – State Education Agency
4: Service Models:
CB or CoH – Collaborative model
CS – Consultative Model
RS 0 Resource – pull out model
SC – Self-Contained – anything over 15 hours per week is considered self-contained
SG – Small Group model – pull out model
5: Miscellaneous:
BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan
FBA – Functional Behavior Analysis
HPW – Hours Per Week
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP – Individual Education Program
ISS – In School Suspension
NCLB – No Child Left Behind
OSS – Out of school suspension
SES – Special Education Services
SST – Student Support Team

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