Special Education Services

The district provides excellent services for students with disabilities in the following areas: emotional disturbance, learning disability, speech or language disorder, cognitive disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, autism, and traumatic brain injury.

If you have concerns about a child’s development, contact the school principal and ask to schedule a meeting to discuss progress and determine if the student should be screened for possible special education needs. If this student does not attend a district school but is a resident of the school district, please contact Sara Halberg, director of pupil services and special education, at (262) 233-6753 or shalberg@ddschools.org, and ask about having the student screened.

Screening and Referral Procedures

Any person aware of a child between the ages of birth through 21, who may be experiencing physical, mental, emotional or learning problems, may contact the director of student services to initiate screening services, which will determine if a referral for special education is appropriate. Additionally, any teacher or administrator can assist in making a referral. Screening includes: children who are new to the district, students currently enrolled, resident students attending a private school, and children below school age.

The school district solicits and receives referrals of students with suspected special education needs from all persons who have reasonable cause to believe that such needs exist. Specific state criteria are adhered to in determining eligibility for specific disabilities. Referrals of suspected children with disabilities should be referred to the appropriate building principal, or the director of student services.

For more information, contact Sara Halberg, director of pupil services and special education, at (262)233-6753 or shalberg@ddschools.org