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Special Education

The HCPS Special Education Department supports students and families as they navigate the steps of the special education process. This includes identification and referral, evaluation, determination of eligibility, development and implementation of an individualized education program (or IEP), determination of services and reevaluation. If you suspect your child has a disability, or if you have questions or require support regarding the special education process, please contact us at 804-652-3801.

Autism program support

HCPS offers specific approaches and support for students with autism spectrum disorders. If you have specific questions regarding available support for students with autism spectrum disorders, please call 804-652-3801.

Bridge Builders Academy

HCPS’ Bridge Builders Academy features virtual gatherings and discussions with experts on a host of topics, designed to connect you, our families, with information you need. The series is presented by HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement and the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center. For more information about the Family and Educator Resource Center, visit the center’s webpage.


Visit our dyslexia web page for detailed information.

Early childhood special education

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 for pre-K through grade 12

Special education programs support those students and teachers who provide services in nontraditional 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, call 804-652-3875.

Related services

HCPS’ Department of Special Education provides services and support for a variety of related educational service needs. Students may receive services in speech, occupational therapy and/or physical therapy. If you have questions about related services for your student, please call 804-652-3801.

School psychology and social work

HCPS school psychologists and social workers provide a full range of services including counseling, behavior intervention, assessment, process groups, consultation to school staff, parent outreach and coordination of community mental health services on behalf of students. 

 Transition: Tech center and program support

HCPS is committed to providing support to students with disabilities as they transition from one level of school to another, as well as into life as an adult. HCPS transition teachers can provide assistance with assessing students’ interests, abilities and aptitudes, as well as provide support for specific transition programs. If you have questions related to transition, please contact 804-652-3801.

Services for students identified as having hearing or visual impairments

Guidance documents:

Statewide resources

  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind: Located in Staunton, the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind provides a day program and outreach services, as well as a residential setting exclusively for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The school’s outreach services assist early intervention providers, local school divisions and families in meeting the needs of children in the commonwealth. The school’s admission policy is available at its website.
  • Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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: The primary focus of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired 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 department’s education services program provides services to early intervention providers, school staff 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 Department 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 Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working With Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 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.
  • Accessible Instructional Materials Center-VA: This center’s extensive library has developed an alternative system of providing accessible educational media under standards set by federal law through the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard. The standards pertain to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media under individual Individualized Educational Programs, as required under Part B of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Accessible Instructional Materials Canter, in conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational materials to students with an individualized educational program, along with training for staff, at no cost to local educational agencies.