11 Systems of Support

Paula Lombardi

11. Systems of Support

It is important for special education teachers to know who their local and state resources are. The special educator/case manager will work with outside agencies, service providers and disability organizations to support students and their families. Educators need to partner with school and outside resources early on, to ensure the student is prepared to transition to post-secondary, community life, education, and careers.

Include in this section of the disability summary

1. Local, state, (at least 2), and national organization(s)
2. Related Websites- include a title, brief summary and url
3. *Other Related Service providers who support people with ____ disability

Please use an address format for the local, state and national organizations.


Related Service Providers

Let’s start with IDEA’s full requirement for specifying a child’s related services in his or her IEP. This appears at §300.320(a)(4) and stipulates that each child’s IEP must contain:

(4) A statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services, based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable, to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child, and a statement of the program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided to enable the child—

(i) To advance appropriately toward attaining the annual goals;

(ii) To be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum in accordance with paragraph (a)(1) of this section, and to participate in extracurricular and other nonacademic activities; and

(iii) To be educated and participate with other children with disabilities and nondisabled children in the activities described in this section… [§300.320(a)(4)]

We’ve bolded the part of IDEA’s regulation that specifically mentions related services, because it’s important to see the context in which this term is used. It is that context, and IDEA’s own definition of related services, that will guide how a child’s IEP team considers what related services the child needs and the detail with which the team specifies them in the IEP.

Related services can include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

  • speech-language pathology and audiology services
  • interpreting services
  • psychological services
  • physical and occupational therapy
  • recreation, including therapeutic recreation
  • counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling
  • orientation and mobility services
  • medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes
  • school health services and school nurse services
  • social work services in schools

IDEA requires that a child be assessed in all areas related to his or her suspected disability. This evaluation must be sufficiently comprehensive so as to identify all of the child’s special education and related services needs, whether or not those needs are commonly linked to the disability category in which he or she has been classified.

(Center for Parent Information & Resources, 2017)


Useful Resources for this section of the summary

A few resources for finding professionals and disability organizations

  1. Central and Southern NH Resources to Support Students with Special Needs and their Families
  2. Greater Seacoast Area Resources for People with Disabilities
  3. Maneuvering Through The Maze: A NH Family Resource Guide (2019) Services for Families Having Children with Special Health Care Needs/Disabilities

A few examples of NH state and local resources. Note the address format with hot links and phone numbers. If you reside in another state, research your state and local resources. Include disability specific organizations.

Bureau of Developmental Disabilities
129 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301
(800) 862-8634
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/index.htm
University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UCED)
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-4320
(603) 862-0555 (Fax)
http://iod.unh.edu/Home.aspx
* 2 offices in Durham and one in Concord.
Parent Information Center
P.O. Box 2405
Concord, NH 03302-2405
(800) 947-7005
(603) 224-7005
(603) 224-4365 (Fax)
http://www.parentinformationcenter.org
New England Handicapped Sports Association
PO Box 2135
Newbury, NH 03255-2135
(603) 763-2356
(603) 763-4400 (Fax)
http://www.nehsa.org/
Email: info@nehsa.org
VSA Arts of New Hampshire
P.O. Box 908
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-4330
http://www.vsaartsnh.org
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Autism Society of New Hampshire
P.O. Box 68
Concord, NH 03302-0068
(603) 679-2424
http://www.autism.com
Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire
109 No. State Street, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301
(800) 773-8400 (in NH only)
(603) 225-8400
http://www.bianh.org

Web-based resources

Include informative websites that are not just “organizations”. What service providers will your students need currently and looking forward to post secondary resources, for optimal access to independent living?

For Example 

Best Buddies New Hampshire– https://www.bestbuddies.org/newhampshire/

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit volunteer organization that works to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities. Their programs empower people with IDD by helping them form meaningful relationships with peers and feel valued by society and more.


Reference

Center for Parent Information and Resources (2017). Title of the document, Newark, NJ, Author. Retrieved 3.28.19 from https://www.parentcenterhub.org/iep-relatedservices/

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