Special Education is referred to as “specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.” The Palmyra-Eagle School District offers a wide array of special education programming to meet the needs of all students in the least restrictive environment. There are eleven areas of special education that address a broad range of needs such as: autism, intellectual disabilities, speech and language, emotional behavioral disability, specific learning disabilities, hearing impairment, visual impairment, significant developmental delay, orthopedically impaired, traumatic brain injury and other health impairments.
The Palmyra-Eagle School District consistently hires highly qualified instructors and personnel to staff our special education program. Our program offers a variety of educational support services to our students with special needs such as: hearing itinerant services, occupational and physical therapy, speech and language therapy, vision iterant teachers, and orientation and mobility.
Our special education team is proud to offer several unique learning opportunities for students with disabilities. In preparation for our students to be career and college ready, we offer life skills classes to focus on independent living skills, as well as transition needs for students beginning at age 14. Often times, with modifications and accommodations, most student needs are met in the regular classroom setting. However, some students have unique needs that require further accommodations and modifications to ensure their learning needs can be met.
A UNIQUELY DESIGNED PROGRAM
Each child has his or her own special set of gifts and talents and because we recognize the individual needs of each of our students, we have designed a program that ignites the minds of students with special needs to awaken learning and explore possibilities. Palmyra-Eagles’ special education program focuses on:
- Low student-to-teacher-ratio.
- Strong collaboration between special education and regular education teachers.
- Specialized programming for students who need assistance outside of the classroom.
- Assistive technology.
- Educating students in the least restrictive environment.
- Partnerships with various community groups/settings to experience real-life lessons.