The Department of Special Programs is an integral part of the KWCPS Department of Instruction and is responsible for all programs serving students with disabilities including identification, program development, and service implementation. We also address issues related to homelessness, discipline, truancy, school health, enrollment, early intervention teams, therapeutic day treatment services, and inter-agency support programs.
SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
Commonwealth Autism Service (CAS) - Commonwealth Autism Service's mission is to provide leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services to maximize the potential and quality of life of each Virginian with autism across the lifespan. CAS offers resources across the state of VA. There is also a Diagnostic & Assessment Clinic it is designed to provide direct services to children & their families.
Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program (CSEEP) - Old Dominion University's (ODU) response to the growing educational needs of Virginia's children with disabilities, the shortage of special educators, and teacher preparation mandates was to design and to implement the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs. The primary mission of these programs is to ensure a high quality education for Virginia's children with disabilities through the provision of readily accessible paths to full licensure for provisionally licensed special education teachers and qualifying non-licensed school division personnel.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – CEC is the leading national organization that provides supports and resources to professionals and individuals with disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) – The leading online resource for parents and educators on learning disabilities and related disorders.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) - PEATC provides support, education, and training to families, schools and other professionals committed to helping children with and without disabilities.
Rethink Autism - Provides educational treatment solutions for children with autism spectrum disorders, aspergers, and pdd-nos learning disabilities.
Teacher Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC) – TTAC are university-based technical assistance centers that link people with resources to help children and youth with disabilities.
VCU Autism Center for Excellence - The VCU Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) is a university-based technical assistance, professional development, and educational research center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCU-ACE is dedicated to improving services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and to the implementation of evidence-based practices in schools and the community.
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) - The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a free appropriate public education to all eligible children with disabilities.
VDOE’s Parents Guide to Special Education (Revised 2010)
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act - A federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (NAEHCY) - NAEHCY is the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness through advocacy, partnerships, and education.
Project HOPE/Virginia - The Virginia Education Program for Homeless Children and Youth is a federally-funded grant authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act that ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the success of homeless children and youth in school through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions.