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Student Services

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Welcome to the Exceptional Student Education Department web site!
 
We are glad you took the time to visit us; we provide the essential supports and services for students with special needs. Our programs encompass a wide span of abilities, from severe & moderate to mild disabilities & gifted education. We have a team approach that provides for the students and their families as well as school administrators and teachers. We work with educators and families to meet the challenges that our special needs students face. We welcome your questions and are happy to assist you in any way we can. In order to best help us meet your need, please use our “contacts listing” below to determine which staff member can best meet your area of inquiry.
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Lesley Thompson
  
If you have specific academic concerns, please consult your school based staff. Contact information for district ESE Staff for each school can be found by clicking here.

 
Announcements
Spring 2017 Parent Webinar Series
The FDLRS Network announces its Spring 2017 Parent Webinar Series beginning on March 31st! A series of five hour long webinars will be conducted to provide parents and guardians with topics related to exceptional student education. The topics were chosen in response to requests for additional information that was shared on parent surveys. The webinars will take place on Fridays from 10:00AM – 11:00AM EST. The five topics and webinar dates are as follows:

March 31st - Understanding the World of ESE
April 28th - Understanding the Individual Education Plan
May 12th - Instructional Practices
May 19th - Connecting Families with Agencies and Other Resources
June 9th - Family and School Partnerships

Please refer to this flyer for registration information. For additional information or if you have questions, please contact the FDLRS Administration Project at 386-312-2265.
ESE Parent Survey

What?
Florida’s 2016-17 ESE Parent Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

Who?
All Parents of Students with an IEP (PK-22)

When?
February 13th - May 31st , 2017


Let the Florida Department of Education know about how your school partners with you, the parent, to promote parent involvement in your child’s education. A paper survey will be sent home to parents of children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) within the next two weeks. If you prefer to complete the survey electronically, click here. Please take the time to complete this brief survey to help us continue to meet your family’s needs.
Parent Training Opportunities Spring 2017

Parent Training Opportunities Spring 2017

Friday, March 10 9:00-11:00am Motivation for Academics and Dealing with Avoidance for Students with ASD Gerald Adams Media Center
Monday, May 8 3:00-5:00pm Financial Planning and Guardianship for Students with Autism Keys Collegiate Academy
Monday, May 8 6:00-8:00pm Understanding Autism for Families and Friends Gerald Adams Media Center

FDLRS Parent Involvement Website
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System (FDLRS) developed a Parent Involvement site in cooperation with FDOE/BEESS designed especially to help parents navigate the exceptional student education (ESE) process, from PreK through transition into the adult world of college and/or career. This site provides valuable information and resources, success stories, information geared to all grade levels, contact lists for school districts, a glossary of educational terms, and much more. Visit the site at forparents.florida-ese.org.
FLDOE Parent Information Page
Resources for Monroe County
Dozens of organizations and agencies to assist students with special needs and their families
A graphic display with contact information for agencies that assist individuals with disabilities from birth and throughout life
Agencies that assist individuals with disabilities as they exit the K-12 school system and enter the adult world
School BPIE - Best Practices for Inclusive Education
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The School Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) Assessment is a school self-assessment process designed to identify priority needs, develop goals, plan improvement strategies, and organize resources to support the implementation of inclusive practices for students with disabilities.

For more information about the School BPIE and how you can be involved in supporting inclusion, please explore the following resources:
Special Olympics Monroe


Join the Special Olympics today! Whether you are an athlete, volunteer, or partner, you will have wonderful experiences in the Monroe County Chapter. PTo learn more, please visit http://specialolympicsflorida.org/monroe/. Current sports include swimming, track and field, bocce, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Need community service hours? Earn hours with Special Olympics as a partner (click here) or volunteer (click here).
Transition Planning

Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) begin thinking about what they want to do in life at an early age, and before turning 14, transition planning becomes a part of the IEP. Click on the link above for a fun resource for transition planning.
Transition Roadmap
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Transition services are a coordinated set of services that help students prepare for post-school activities, such as going to college or working, getting services from adult agencies, living independently and participating in community activities. This Transition Roadmap provided by Project 10 gives families information to support students as they become adults.

Click here to access the Transition Roadmap.

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