• Welcome to SPED

    Visual Impairment

    NAC defines “Visual Impairment” to mean an impairment which, despite correction, adversely affects or will adversely affect the ability of a student to benefit from or participate in an educational program without the assistance of special education.

    What Assistance do we offer schools?

    • Provide Braille instruction to students with visual impairments as needed
    • Interpret physician reports and conduct assessments to inform IEP Team decision-making and recommendations for needed VI/educational services
    • Make recommendations for appropriate adaptations of instructional materials in accordance with VI students’ individualized needs
    • Recommend appropriate assistive technology to support VI student learning needs
    • Train students and staff on use of appropriate assistive technology to support VI students’ visual needs for accessing general curriculum
    • Provide written input to IEP process and development of instructional goals and provide input toward progress reports, as needed
    • Collaborate & consult with IEP Team members

    For more information or Support Contact:

    Shannon Urquhart                                                                                                                                                                                                (775)789-4633


    Hearing Impairment

    NAC defines “Hearing Impairment” to mean an impairment of the hearing mechanism which affects sound integration andprevents or delays the normal development of speech and language.

    What assistance do we offer schools?

    • Communication observations, assessment support, and placement recommendations for students identified with a hearing loss in the district and needing additional support
    • Consultation to IEP teams within the district who are supporting students with hearing loss in their zoned schools
    • Semi self-contained programming for students with hearing loss who require direct instruction in their primary communication modality (i.e. sign language and/or spoken English)
    • Consultative and direct instruction for students with a hearing loss in their mainstream setting who required additional support to be successful.
    • Leveled system of support for general education classroom inclusion
    • Training on classroom acoustics and language support in the general education classroom
    • Support to teachers in designing appropriate classroom accommodations
    • Assistance with Individualized Education Plans
    • Students that have a hearing loss receive hearing checks through the district Audiologist as required by their IEPs
    • The audiology department provides sound field and direct audio input equipment to support equal access of academics to students with a hearing loss according to their IEPs
    • Audiology Technician to support equipment troubleshooting
    • Direct communication services to address language, listening, and speech development in students with hearing loss

    For more information or support Contact:

    Suzanne Anthony                                                                                                                                                                                                        (775)789-4633