Special Education Resources & Links
Welcome to the Wonderland Charter School Special Education page!
Wonderland provides services aligned with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and PA Chapter 711 Services and Programs for Children with Disabilities. We are committed to the early identification of all students with disabilities so that we can assist in providing a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE). As part of that process, a variety of screenings are conducted for all newly enrolled students. Additionally, certain screenings are redone at specified intervals to ensure that the Child Find concept is truly a continuous process. These screenings include:
- Speech/Language Screening. All kindergarten, 2nd grade, and newly enrolled 1st through 5th grade students are screened for speech and language development.
- Vision Screening. All students are screened annually for vision capability.
- Hearing Screening. All students are screened annually for hearing capability.
Wonderland Charter Schools also has developed a close working relationship with MidStep Centers for Child Development to provide parents educational presentations on family issues and child rearing education issues. Many times, MidStep provides these programs to the public for free. If there is a cost, Wonderland Charter School pays the fees for the parents. Parents can access the current public presentation schedule by clicking on this link: Public Presentations of MidStep Centers for Child Development
Listed below are additional various publications or Internet links to active web sites where you can get more information regarding Child Find, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and agencies and resources to assist you.
Links to Resource Web Sites about Special Education Resources:
(Click on the blue field to go to the web site or the document.)
Wonderland Charter School is committed to the principles of Child Find. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are required to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21. The Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within a State, including children who attend private schools and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children, and children who are wards of the state. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)) This includes all children who are suspected of having a disability, including children who receive passing grades and are "advancing from grade to grade." (34 CFR 300.111c) The law does not require children to be "labeled" or classified by their disability. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(B); 34 CFR 300.111(d)).
Child Find is necessary because the primary purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is to ensure that all children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education, including special education and related services that are "designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living …" (20 U.S.C. 1400(d);
According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School districts, charter schools, and intermediate units are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services. This link will take viewers to the Annual Public Notice published by Wonderland Charter School which explains the options available to parents of children.
This link takes you to the main page of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
This link takes you to the main page of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Special Education in PA - Consult Line
This site is the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network whose mission is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.
(Taken from OSEP IDEA web-site) This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.
(Taken from NASDSE web-site) Since the time of its formation in 1938, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education has been providing leadership focused on the improvement of educational services and positive outcomes for children and youth with disabilities throughout the United States, the Department of Defense, the federal territories and the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. NASDSE works tirelessly with these education agencies to align policies and proven practices in order to ensure students with disabilities are afforded full participation in their education and successful transition to post-school education, employment and independent living.
NASDSE offers strategies and tools to move to implementation of best practices through communities of practice, training on current issues, technical assistance, policy analysis, research, national initiatives and partnerships to enhance problem-solving at the local, state and national level. NASDSE works to engage students, families, communities, professionals and policymakers as full partners. NASDSE recognizes that “We're Better Together” and works hard to build meaningful and productive collaborative efforts with key educational partners.