Special Education Services
Federal and State laws require school districts to find, evaluate and serve children who have disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. The Ohio Valley Educational Service Center (OVESC) partners with local school districts in this task through its special education services. Currently, the Special Education Department oversees the Bright Beginnings Preschool Program by providing preschool services in 20 different locations throughout our region with nearly 600 children in attendance. This program provides services to children ages 3 – 5 years old who are typically developing and those who have identified disabilities. In addition to this program, the OVESC employs intervention specialists, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapist, teachers for the visually impaired, interpreters, nurses and paraprofessionals to serve in our twelve participating school districts.
The OVESC also provides Parent Mentor support for districts and families. One role of our two parent mentors is to guide families through the special education process, and to help them understand the rights and responsibilities of the student, parent and school district.
The department leaders also provide high quality professional development within the region covering many special education topics.
Special Education Resources
For more information call 740-373-3669.
- Occupational and Physical Therapy Services
- Parent Mentor Services
- Preschool Special Education Consortium Classes
- School Age Special Education Consortium Classes
- School Nurse
- School Psychology Services
- Speech, Audiology & Vision Services