OVERVIEW OF SERVICES TO HELP CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
FirstLine is committed to serving the educational needs of each of its students. Children learn in a variety of ways and most of our students can learn effectively in a traditional setting. However, sometimes children need additional help. Children with disabilities may be eligible to receive special education services. These services are designed to meet their educational needs and will be provided by a FirstLine employee or contracted provider.
If you have any additional questions related to special education at FirstLine Schools, please contact Dr. Rusty Dempsey, Director of Student Support Services, FirstLine Schools: (504) 267-9038
SERVICES PROVIDED BY FIRSTLINE SCHOOLS:
- Full time speech pathologists
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Orientation and Mobility, Accessibility
- Braille Instruction
- Sign language interpretation or instruction
- Specialized transportation
- Full time nurses at all schools
- A wide variety of academic interventions in reading, math, writing, and more
- Therapeutic gardening
- School-based therapeutic social/emotional/ behavior support teams
- Paraprofessional support
- Extended School Year services
WE SERVE STUDENTS WHO ARE TALENTED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
GIFTED SERVICES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE!
FirstLine Schools believes all children and young adults with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education and services that lead to an adult life characterized by satisfying relations with others, independent living, productive engagement in the community, and participation in society. To achieve these outcomes, there must exist for all children and young adults a rich variety of early intervention, educational and vocational program options and experiences. Access to these programs and experiences are based on individual educational need and desired outcomes. Additionally, students and their families or guardians, as participants in the process and planning team, can recommend the placement, curriculum option, and the exit plan to be pursued.
FirstLine believes that a continuum of services must be available for all children, youth, and young adults. We also believe that the concept of inclusion is a meaningful goal to be pursued in our schools and communities. Children and young adults with disabilities should be served whenever possible in general education classrooms in inclusive schools and settings. Such settings should be strengthened and supported by specially trained personnel and other appropriate supportive practices according to the individual needs of the child.