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Special Education within the San Luis Coastal Unified School District serves students ages 3-22 who meet specific eligibility requirements. Special Education is specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with disabilities.

The district has a firm commitment to the concept of encouraging and facilitating each student to become all he/she is capable of being. In this spirit, the District's Special Education program is dedicated to providing the highest quality programs and services available in the least restrictive environment. We welcome parent participation throughout the IEP process to cooperatively support students in becoming self-sufficient, active, contributing citizens of society.

Each child referred for special education evaluation receives an individual assessment by a team of experienced, highly qualified professionals to determine strengths and needs. Based upon this assessment, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team meets to determine eligibility and discuss program options. Eligible disabilities include specific learning disabilities, limited intellectual functioning, autism, speech and language impairments, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, visual impairments, emotionally disturbed, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, and traumatic brain injury.

In order to qualify as an individual with exceptional needs under the eligibility criteria, the assessment must demonstrate that the student's disability adversely affects his/her educational performance and therefore requires special education. A full reevaluation of the special education student to determine continued eligibility must be conducted every three years.

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