Special Education

Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities. Special education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to the parents and can include special instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals or institutions, or in other settings.

Ths definition of special education comes from IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This law gives eligible children with disabilities the right to receive special services and assistance in school.



Under IDEA, there are 14 categories under which a student is eligible to receive the protections and services promised in the law. They are:
  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability*
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Other Health Impairments

Parent Advisory Committee

The New Jersey Administrative Code indicates that the Board of Education shall establish a parent advisory group in order to provide input to the district concerning students with disabilities  NJAC 6A:14-1.2 (h).  This Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) will be meeting four times during the 2009-2010 school year.  

Each meeting will encompass a presentation on an aspect of special education as well as allotted time to provide input to the district.  Please check the Live District Calendar and Announcement Board for meeting dates, times, and location.

NJDOE Parent Advisory Committee


Placements

MEPS offers a full continuum of placements for children and an array of supports to ensure every child has an opportunity to access the general education curriculum. The district is committed to educating children in the least restrictive environment as possible.


The following special education placements are offered by the district:

In-Class Support ­ - This placement affords an opportunity for those children who need assistive technology, an aide, or modifications and accommodations made by the general education teacher to work alongside general education students without intrusive supports. The general education teacher works closely with the Child Study team Case Manager to implement the IEP.

Pull-Out Resource ­ - This setting is for those children who need a greatly modified program and cannot be instructed with general education students. Class size is significantly smaller that other placements allowing for a low staff to student ratio in the teaching.

Self-Contained ­ - MEPS is dedicated to keeping as many children in district as possible. The unique learning needs of some students requires a separate setting without general education students. The focus of these rooms is to work on the skills needed to be able to participate in a less restrictive room.

Out-of-District ­- Placement in a private school for the disabled is made when all in district placements have been considered and not seen as a good educational placement. Each year a discussion is had by the Child Study Team to discuss needs of the students and how they can be met within the district.