Ohio has established content standards that specify what all students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level in the various content areas. Well-defined standards ensure that parents, teachers and administrators will be able to monitor students' development.
The knowledge and skills defined in Ohio's Academic Content Standards are within the reach of all students; however, students develop at different rates. All children learn and experience success given time and opportunity, but the degree to which the standards are met and the time it takes to reach the standards will vary from student to student.
Students with disabilities are, first and foremost, students of the regular curriculum, yet they may require specific supports and interventions to progress in the curriculum. These adaptations are not intended to compromise the content standards; rather, adaptations provide students with disabilities the opportunity to maximize their strengths, compensate for their learning difficulties and participate and progress in the standards-based curriculum.
Students in the multiple disabilities classroom are serviced by the Stark County Educational Service Center's therapists and related service personnel. Depending upon each child's Individual Education Plan (IEP), the student may be seen by a speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, a behavior intervention specialist and/or job coach. In addition, Stark County Educational Service Center's division of Special Needs/Student Services provides services of the assistive technology and augmentative communication team that assists students in need of assistive technology.
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