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Special Education


Nelson County Public Schools are committed to providing all children with opportunities to benefit from a public education. Special education programs and services are available to county residents who have children with special education needs. These programs and services are provided for children with disabilities whose second birthday falls on or before September 30 through the age of 21 years. Each student receives special education services designed to meet his or her individual needs. These programs are discussed and planned by school personnel, parents, and the student involved. Often instruction is carried out both in the regular and special education classrooms.

Each special education student's progress is reviewed at least yearly and his/her need for special services is reassessed at a minimum of every three years. Special education programs and services are provided by trained personnel in the following areas as defined by federal and state law: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment including blindness.

        To PARENTS of Children with Sensory Disabilities such as Visual Impairments or Hearing Impairments:

The following information from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) which describe the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Please follow this link, and then click on the relevant disability for more information:

        Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Nelson County Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEAC) is comprised of parents of students who require special education services, other interested persons from the community, and educators in the field who have an interest in special education. This committee provides advice concerning the needs of children with disabilities receiving special education services and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent who is interested is encouraged to attend the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Interested in being a member of SEAC? Contact your school administrator or the Director of Special Education, Sandra Irby.

            Special Education Division-Level Staff 

 Sandra Irby Director of Special Education & Student  Services 434-260-7646 Ext. 1005
 Meghan Shortt Special Education & Student Services Coordinator 434-260-7646 Ext. 1017


STAFF: Please visit this internal website for more  information: Nelson Special Ed Info

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