The HCPS Special Education Department exists to support students and families as they navigate the steps of the special education process. This process includes identification and referral, evaluation, determination of eligibility, development and implementation of an individualized education plan (IEP), determination of services, and reevaluation. If you suspect your child has a disability, or if at any time you have questions, or require support regarding the special education process, please contact the Exceptional Education Department at 804-652-3801.
Some students may require supports through high-tech or low-tech assistive technology in order to access their curriculum. If you have questions regarding the use or appropriateness of assistive technology for communication or for access to the curriculum, please contact 804-328-5200.
HCPS offers specific approaches and supports for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). If you have specific questions regarding the supports and approaches which are used to support students with ASD, please contact 804-652-3804.
HCPS provides special education services for identified students who are under 5-years old through the Early Childhood Special Education program. HCPS offers a range of service delivery options, including services in an inclusive environment or self-contained classroom, as well as specialized services for students with Autism. If you have questions regarding Early Childhood Special Education, please contact 804-652-3801.
Special Education Programs Supports those students and teachers who provide services in non-traditional settings. This may include students who are in our public-separate setting at the Virginia Randolph Education Center, or students who receive services in private day or residential settings. For more information, contact 804-652-3875.
HCPS Special Education provides services and supports for a variety of related educational service needs. Students may receive services in Speech, Occupational Therapy, and/or Physical Therapy. If you have questions regarding related services for your student, please contact 804-652-3801.
Provides a full range of services including counseling, behavior intervention, assessment, process groups, consultation to school personnel, parent outreach and coordination of community mental health services on behalf of students.
- Guidelines for Working With Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Virginia Public Schools
- Guidelines for Working With Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schools
- Superintendent’s Memo #198-16: Implementation of Unified English Braille for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Attachment A. Superintendent’s Memo #198-16: Unified English Braille Implementation Plan for Virginia Public Schools
- Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) – The VSDB is located in Staunton, Virginia and provides a day program and outreach services, as well as a residential setting exclusively to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The VSDB Outreach Services assist early intervention providers, local school divisions, and families in meeting the needs of children in the Commonwealth. The VSDB’s admission policy is available at the above Web site.
- Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) – The VDDHH provides standards for educational interpreting services and other services to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them.
- Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) – The DBVI’s primary focus is to assist Virginians who are blind in achieving quality employment outcomes. Vocational evaluation, job training, job development, placement, follow-up and other services are provided to assist consumers in obtaining jobs in the public and private sectors. The DBVI’s education services program provides services to early intervention providers, school personnel, and families to help children to be successful in school and the community, and to prepare for the future. The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired offers training in the skills of blindness to blind and vision-impaired Virginians and encourages people to develop positive attitudes about blindness. The Library and Resource Center provides services to local school divisions to support the education of children who are blind or visually impaired. Library services are also offered to persons who are print disabled.
- Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults With Deaf-Blindness – This office provides technical assistance, training, distance education and networking information to families, service providers and individuals who are deaf-blind/dual sensory impaired.
- Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and VNOC -This center provides training and technical assistance in the area of deafness/hard of hearing. Assistance is available to local public school systems as well as early intervention and preschool programs through the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC).
- Accessible Instructional Materials Center-VA (AIM-VA) – The AIM-VA’s extensive library has developed an alternative system of providing accessible educational media under standards set by federal law (NIMAS) to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media under individual IEPs, as required under Part B of IDEA. The AIM-VA, in conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational materials to students with an IEP and training for staff, at no cost to Local Educational Agencies.
HCPS is committed to providing support to students with disabilities as they transition from one level of school to another, as well as their transitions into life as an adult. HCPS Transition Teachers can provide assistance with assessing students’ interests, abilities, and their aptitudes, as well as support for specific transition programs. If you have questions related to transition, please contact 804-652-3801.
Donice J. Davenport, Director of Exceptional Education 804-652-3866