Special Education

On average, special education students make up 14.5% of all students in public schools. Every student deserves a high-quality education, and teachers need resources to ensure they are able to meet the needs of our special education population. Multiple community organizations in Nevada are dedicated to helping students with disabilities succeed in school and in life. 

Nevada’s central resource directory for anyone seeking information about resources and referral services that provide support for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. Specifically, you will find resources for parent support groups, respite care, screening, diagnosis or assessment, early intervention programs for infants and toddlers, preschool special education services and many more.

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This important website created by Nevada Department of Health and Human Services lists special needs supports for students and families across Nevada. The supports are listed according to regions in Nevada, including the North-East, North-West, and Southern regions.

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Vegas PBS library provides people with special needs a diverse selection of educational books, DVDs, games, and tools related to various disabilities, including Autism. They have programs to support teachers and parents.

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Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) is an effective way to reduce challenging behaviors. PBIS can be used at home to help families during these challenging times. These recommendations can help to minimize disruptive behaviors in the home. Check out these suggestions for families, and caregivers. 

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Academic supports are never one-size-fits all. Teachers can best support autistic students when they have a range of strategies to choose from. As a general principle, interventions that provide predictability, support, and empowerment, while also reducing anxiety and building on strengths, are effective. When applied in the classroom, such interventions enable autistic students to best demonstrate what they know.

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Thought Co shares services and strategies that are designed to meet the needs of your special education students. Whether you need supports for behavior, activities aligned with academic content, and lesson plans-this website is for you.

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The United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services published a recent report detailing behavioral supports for students with disabilities.

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Apart from public and private schools, students with cerebral palsy and their families have access to several other resources that can support their educational journey.

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A collection of resources for educators teaching students with Special Education Supports

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A free service for educators and families of students receiving Special Education Supports to receive information and guidance regarding Federal Special Education laws, procedures, and community resources

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CCSD’s transition services include having transition specialists delivering services to schools, teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community agencies intended to address student’s post-secondary outcomes. They provide career preparation, assist with transition planning and post-secondary opportunities, provide linkage with community agencies opportunities, and implement transition activities and professional development.

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The Program Approach to Career Employment (PACE) is a federally-funded, postsecondary transition program for students with disabilities who have completed at least four years of high school, have obtained an adjusted diploma and want to find employment. The parents, students, transition specialists and current teacher of record explore options to determine the best program for the student. 

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Opportunity Village serves people in Southern Nevada with intellectual and related disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families. They offer various programs and services including vocational training, employment, day habilitation, social recreation programs, training for business and jobs. They also partner with AbilityOne providers to provide opportunities.

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Transition planning helps to prepare young students for their future. Services are based on students’ strengths and their needs. Consideration of the student’s preferences and interests are also important for successful transition planning. Nevada PEP offers trainings, and guidance on transition planning.

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Autism Speaks has published a transition services document outlining the timeline for transition services to be offered for students in Nevada.

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Vocational Rehabilitation counselors are available to provide transition assistance to students as young as age 14 in middle school and those in high schools and alternative schools in Nevada. The transition program is completely confidential and is a team effort involving students, parents/guardians, school staff, and Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and transition coordinators.

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Ensuring K-12 students with disabilities receive the education and training necessary to succeed is essential and educators have a critical role to play in empowering students with disabilities to succeed in and outside the classroom. Teachers are important partners in the efforts to promote and implement best practices in the classroom. Below you will find relevant resources centered on accommodations, adaptations, and modifications to assist students with disabilities, as well as advocacy resources.

The transition services are designed to support a student to develop, refine, and work toward achieving their post-secondary goals after exiting high school. Opportunities are available to assist with transitioning students within school districts and across community organizations.