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The Special Education department offers specialized instructional services for children ages birth to 22 who have physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. The department operates a countywide day treatment program and provides daily classroom itinerant instruction for over 120 of the county's most severely disabled school-age students. The department oversees Non-Public Schools program and administers and funds educational services for students residing in licensed children's institutions.
The Special Education staff strives to provide each student with a high-quality, standards-based educational experience that prepares them for successful transition to the highest possible level of independence. The department has approximately 50 employees who deliver services in the 12 districts and community sites within Mendocino County. Those services include special day classes, speech and language therapy, school psychologist services, occupational and physical therapy, support for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students, orientation and mobility training, vocational training, counseling, and assessments.
Mendocino County Early Start Program
for Children Birth to Three with Disabilities
The Mendocino County Early Start Program is offered through the Redwood Coast Regional Center (RCRC) and the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE). RCRC offers early intervention to families whose children may be at risk for developmental delays or who have a significant developmental delay. MCOE provides early intervention (EI) services to children with significant developmental delay and/or hearing, orthopedic, or vision impairment.
As a parent, you know your child. You may have noticed that your child is growing or doing things differently from other children, or you have have been told by a health care provider or other professional of their concerns about your child's development. Starting early to enhance your child's development benefits you and your family.
If you are concerned about your child's development the first step is to have your child referred for an evaluation. During the evaluation, a child's motor, communication, learning, social, and emotional development are evaluated. Once this process is completed and if your child is found eligible for Early Start Services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed for your child and family.
How are Services Helpful?
Early Start's Family-Centered Guiding Principles
All services are held in the strictest of confidence. With parent written permission, information is shared only with the agencies who will be working with the child and family. For more information or to make a referral contact:
Low Incidence Services
Low Incidence services are provided to individuals with disabilities from
birth to 22 who have been identified with hearing, vision, orthopedic impairments or combination
thereof. Our goal is to assist students in order to access education and inclusion activities in
school, home, and community settings. Staff work collaboratively with parents, care providers,
educators, and other professionals who serve these individuals. Services are determined according
to student program placement and individual need based on IEP requirements.
Visually Impaired (VI)
Orthopedically Impaired (OI)
Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Teachers of Visually Impaired
Teachers of Orthopedically Impaired
Early Start Teachers
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