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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) provides for a free appropriate public education for all individuals with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 in the least restrictive environment. Tallmadge's Office of Student Services oversees and provides a continuum of special education programs and services for all preschool and school age students.

We are committed to providing children with disabilities the best conditions for learning, while keeping in compliance with federal and state regulations. Our department fosters alignment with Ohio’s Operating Standards, Content Standards and Performance Standards for Ohio’s Schools.

The Special Education programs in Tallmadge ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes specially-designed instruction to meet their unique needs. We offer a continuum of services for students who have been determined eligible for specially designed instruction.

Continuum of Services 

General Education Classes with Intervention Specialist Support or Co-Teaching
Collaboration/consultation/co-teaching services focus on the general education teacher and intervention specialist working together to best meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as students who are either "at-risk" or gifted. Students receive all instruction in the general education classroom. This setting also allows for individual or small group instruction within the classroom but also for short periods of time to be pulled out for more intensive instruction and intervention. All programming is individualized to meet student needs.
Resource Rooms
The Resource Room is a small group instructional setting that serves students with disabilities that require more intensive programming and supports. This setting offers a modified curriculum, following Ohio's Learning Standards Extended, which provides personalized options for students that are not offered in the general education classroom. Students are also included in the general education classroom as much as possible. Each building in the district houses one Multiple Disabilities Resource Room. There is also one Behavioral Support Classroom for students in grades 3-5 at Munroe Elementary.

Separate Facility
Separate Facilities are offered for Tallmadge students and are outside of the district. These are designed specifically for students with disabilities and are a more intensive, smaller group setting. Placement at a separate facility is an IEP team decision.

Home Instruction
This is a highly individualized education program provided at home to a child with a disability which prevents the child from attending a regular or special program even with special education supports.

Related Services
Tallmadge City Schools offers a wide variety of Related Services to qualifying students. These may include the following:
  • Aide Services
  • Audiological Services
  • Behavior Consultant Services
  • Deaf and/or Hard-of-Hearing Services
  • Interpreter Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Physical Therapy
  • School Psychological Services
  • Special Transportation
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Transition Services
  • Vision Services
Child Find
Child Find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating all children from age three to twenty-one who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability. The district seeks to identify all children in the Tallmadge City School District who attend a public or non-public school in the district or who are homeless or wards of the state who may be in need of special education and related services.

A child with a disability is a child having a cognitive disability, hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech or language impairment, serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities.

Parents, relatives, and concerned citizens are asked to assist the Tallmadge City School District find any child who may have a disability and need special education and related services. If you are aware of a child who may have special needs, please notify the Director of Student Services for Tallmadge City Schools at 330-633-3291 x 8203.
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