Serving Our Students:
During the 2000-2001 school year more than 2,634 students (including 160 three through
five-year-olds) were served in special education programs in 28 schools. Special education
services are provided in all disability areas. Students are served in a variety of
settings including resource and self-contained classrooms as well as
collaborative classes. Related services such as occupational therapy, physical
therapy, orientation and mobility services, speech therapy and special transportation
are provided to students according to their needs and as determined by the students
Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Students with physical disabilities and other
health impairments are also provided related health services by school staff.
A Professional Caring Staff:
Over 200 teachers are employed to serve the students with
disabilities. Additionally, 74 paraprofessionals
are employed and used in the Special Education
classrooms. Thirty speech and language pathologists
are employed to work in the 28
schools in Henry County. Two physical therapists, three occupational therapists,
one physical therapy assistant, and two
certified occupational therapist assistants provides services to students in the schools.
One registered nurse works on a contracted basis with the special
education program and provides health-related information and support. One audiologist from Griffin RESA
services, training and audiological evaluations for students.
Special Services: Henry County
services to students with severe emotional/behavioral disorders through the regional
psychoeducational program. The Griffin Psychoeducational Program is part of the statewide
psychoeducational network and the primary program for this area is located in Griffin.
Students from Henry County are served in four satellite classes located at
Smith Barnes Elementary School and Patrick Henry High School. During the 2000-01 school year, approximately 48 students and their parents
were served through this program. Several students identified as hard of hearing or deaf
were served at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD), a regional state-operated
program located in Clarkston. Extended school year and summer services were provided as
needed to over 75 students who participated in the summer program located at
Union Grove Middle School.
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Special Olympics: Students with
disabilities also participate in Special Olympics, which is sponsored by the senior
class of Stockbridge High School. The Special Olympics activities receive support from
the faculty and staff in the schools and special assistance from selected coaches and
physical education staff.
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Counselor:: Through a
cooperative agreement with the Department of Human Resources, Division of Rehabilitation
Services, Henry County continue to employ one rehabilitation counselor to work
exclusively in the Henry County Schools. This service was initiated in 1995 and continues
into the current school year. The services provided through the counselor
with disabilities and their families to access additional resources for vocational
evaluation and to assist with the successful transition of students to the world of work
and into the community upon graduation.
Development: Several staff development activities are conducted
annually for teachers and
administrators in the system. Workshops included topics such as Adapted
Physical Education, Health-Related Services, Behavior Management,
Development of IEPs, The Legal Aspects of Special Education,
Administration of Special Education in the Schools, Training
for Paraprofessionals, Collaborative Team Teaching, Asperger's Syndrome, Use
of Assistive Technology, and other related topics.
The following chart represents the students who received services during the 2000-01 school year. These numbers reflect a duplicated count in that students may receive more than one service.
Henry County Schools