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Special Education
What Is Special About Special Education?
Special education is governed by federal law in most educational jurisdictions. Under Indviduals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Special Education is defined as:

"Specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability."

Special education is in place to provide additional services, support, programs, specialized placements or environments to ensure that all students' educational needs are provided for. Special education is provided to qualifying students at no cost to the parents. There are many students who have special learning needs and these needs are addressed through special education. The range of special education support will vary based on need and educational jurisdictions. Each country, state or educational jurisdiction will have different policies, rules, regulations and legislation that governs what special education is. In the US, the governing law is:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Typically, the types of exceptionalities/disabilities will be clearly identified in the jurisdiction's law surrounding special education. Students qualifying for special education support have needs that will often require support that goes beyond what is normally offered or received in the regular school/classroom setting.

The 13 categories under IDEA include:
* Autism
* Deaf or Blindness
* Developmental Delays
* Emotional Disturbance
* Hearing Impairments
* Mental Retardation
* Multiple Disabilities
* Orthopedic Impairments




Child Find Notice

As part of the “Nebraska Child Find” efforts, the Alliance Public Schools asks you to assist us in our efforts to identify and serve children ages birth through 21 years who may have a disability. 

If you know of a child who is experiencing difficulties with motor development, speech and language, vision, hearing or learning, please refer the parent to the number below. The Alliance Public School District will provide an educational evaluation at no cost to the parent. If the child qualifies under Nebraska law, a free and appropriate educational program will be developed to meet his/her educational needs.


To contact us, please call Laurie Keilwitz, Director, at 308-762-4331 or stop by the Special Education Office located in the Alliance High School, 14th and Laramie Ave. entrance.  You may also contact the Nebraska Child find at
Nebraska ChildFind & Assistive Technology Partnership, 3901 N. 27th Street, Suite 5, Lincoln, NE 68521
Phone: 402-471-2447   Toll Free Phone: 1-888-806-6287.

Special Education Contacts
+ Keilwitz, Laurie
+ Shimp, Shawn
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