Programs for Students with Disabilities
The goal of the Special Education Program is to provide students with handicaps, regardless of the nature and extent of the disability, a continuum of educational services that help to ensure academic, social, emotional and physical development. These programs and services are offered to students between the ages of five and twenty-one. The district has many types of programs such as integrated co-teaching classes, resource room, self-contained and life skills classes. The district uses Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and approved residential programs and other programs when necessary. Related services are offered for students needing occupation, physical, speech, vision, hearing and counseling.
The East Hampton Union Free School District strives to ensure that students with disabilities are provided opportunities to earn a Regents High School Diploma. When this is not a realistic goal, the student at the completion of high school, can earn an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Diploma. As part of the IEP process, all students and parents take part in transitional planning at the age of fifteen. Transitional planning helps the school create goals and activities that promote movement from school to post-secondary plans. These goals/activities must be based on the student’s needs, taking into account the student’s preferences, interests and strengths.
The EHUFSD believes the parents and student are important and vital members of the Special Education process. Parents and students are invited to all Committee of Special Education (CSE) meetings. Prior to an initial referral, parents must give consent for the District to evaluate their child. This is done through a due process meeting with the Director of Pupil Personnel Services. If you believe your child has a disability, please call the Pupil Personnel office (631-329-4145) to set up a meeting.