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Occupational & Physical Therapy

For new referrals, if you suspect that a student may need OT or PT, it will be necessary for you to contact the therapists directly. They will want to meet with you and the school team, to do some informal observations, and then consider evaluation. Please do not check fine motor or gross motor on the request to evaluate without first speaking with either: Tracy Viscount/OTR/L, Amanda Cole OTR/L, Nancy Shipper or Donna Lyons/PT. They can reached at the office of special education, 304-264-5055.

For students who have OT or PT currently on their IEPs, again you can call therapists directly if you have any questions. The therapists will contact you in the beginning of each school year to arrange a schedule of therapy times for current students.

Hearing Impaired
Teachers of the Hearing Impaired
Emily Bowmar & Nancy Townsend

Hard of Hearing
Definition: Hard of hearing is impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a student’s educational performance but that is not included under the
definition of deafness.


Eligibility Criteria for Hard of Hearing
An eligibility committee will determine that a student is eligible for special education services as a student who is hard of hearing when all of the following criteria are met:

1. The student exhibits characteristics consistent with the definition and relies primarily on hearing to access spoken communication.

2. The student has been diagnosed by an otologist, otolaryngologist, or audiologist as having a hearing loss.

3. The student’s condition adversely affects educational performance.

4. The student needs special education.

Deafness
Definition: Deafness is a hearing impairment that is so severe that the student is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, which adversely affects a student’s educational performance.

Eligibility Criteria for Deafness
An eligibility committee will determine that a student is eligible for special education services as a student who is deaf when all of the following criteria are met:

1. The student exhibits characteristics consistent with the definition and relies primarily on vision to access spoken communication.


2. The student has been diagnosed by an otologist, otolaryngologist, or audiologist as having a hearing loss.


3. The student’s condition adversely affects educational performance.


4. The student needs special education.

Visually Impaired
Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Melanie Sipple

Definition: Blindness and low vision refers to impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a student’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness and includes students ages three through twenty-one.


Eligibility Criteria for Blindness and Low Vision:
An eligibility committee will determine that a student is eligible for special education services as a student with blindness and low vision when all of the following criteria are met:


1. The student has a documented visual impairment, not primarily perceptual in nature, as determined by an optometrist, ophthalmologist or neurologist:
a. Measured acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye with correction at distance or near;
b. Visual field restriction of twenty degrees or less in the better eye;
c. A deteriorating eye condition which will result in loss of visual efficiency (e.g., glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, or macular degeneration); or
d. A visual loss caused by a disturbance of the posterior visual pathway and/or cortex.
2. The student’s physical eye condition, even with correction, adversely affects educational performance.
3. The student needs special education.