We believe in all of our Waterbury Public Schools students. The Special Education Department is committed to providing high quality instruction by implementing individualized, researched based practices to empower students to reach their own potential and become productive members of society.
The Waterbury Public Schools’ Special Education Department supports the districts mission to support the full potential of each and every student. To that end, we meet the varied needs of students with disabilities by establishing high expectations and developing quality Individual Education Plans that deliver rigorous and effective instruction that comply with state and federal regulations. We programmatically plan to ensure equal access to quality curriculum, services, and supports that is aligned to CCSS and students’ present levels of performance. In addition, all students are provided with a positive safe school climate that is respectful and actively engages families. Finally, transition programming for students focusing on responsibility, independence and self-advocacy to make a smooth transition through education into career and adulthood.
We support students who have been identified as requiring special education in district schools, magnet schools, charter schools, Out-Of-District placements, and parochial schools.
Special education programming and support includes accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum and environment, individualized goals and objectives (in an IEP), coordinated transition services, assistive technology, and related services. Related services include psychological, speech and language, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, visual and hearing support, and specialized transportation services. All services and supports are identified at the PPT (Planning and Placement Team meeting) and included in the IEP.
Special education programming includes:
- accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum and environment
- personalized goals and objectives
- coordinated transition activities
- assistive technology
- full-range of specialized instruction services/programs based on each students’ individual needs
Related services include:
- psychological services
- speech and language
- social work services
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- school counseling
- services for students with visual and/or hearing impairments
- specialized transportation