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Special Education

Contact Information

Chris Willis, Director, Special Education

Telephone: (253) 945-2084
Fax number:(253) 945-2177

Special Ed Registration:(253) 945-2086
– Records Requests: FAX to 945-2177

Special Education Documents

Parent Handbook

The District realizes that a critical element in the foundation of a successful school system is a network of knowledgeable parents who work collaboratively with staff members to ensure successful outcomes for their children.  We hope you will find the information in this Handbook useful in becoming an active partner in this process.

The five sections included in this Handbook are:

Thank you for taking time to familiarize yourself with our District’s programs and services.   We look forward to building a partnership with you that will contribute to your child’s success.

 

Program Descriptions

Program/ContactProgram Description
Preschool, Elementary,Secondary,Post-Secondary Special Education
Chris Willis
cwillis@fwps.org (253) 945-2084
Special Education Programs Preschool through 12th grade
Child Find Program
Angela Wendfeldt
awendfel@fwps.org (253) 945-2093
Child Find is a free screening to identify children, ages birth through twenty one years, who may be in need of early intervention or special education services. If you have concerns or questions about your child’s development, please call.
Children 0 to 3 years of age: 253-874-5445. Children 3 and older: 253-945-2093.
Birth to Three Program
Krista Friar
kfriar@fwps.org (253)-945-4580
This program is discretionary and provided by community agencies in coordination with the district for eligible children who may transition into the district’s preschool program at age three.
Early Intervention Program(Preschool)
Krista Friar
kfriar@fwps.org (253)-945-4580
Provided to special education eligible children, ages 3-5, with the support of special education and related service personnel
Speech and Language Services
Chris Willis
cwillis@fwps.org (253) 945-2084
These specialists evaluate student needs and provide services in the areas of language, articulation, voice and fluency, and communication.
Motor Services
Chris Willis
cwillis@fwps.org (253) 945-2084
These specialists provide services to facilitate the development of fine and gross motor skills enabling students to gain benefit from their educational program
Vision Services
Chris Willis
cwillis@fwps.org (253) 945-2084
This program provides services for students with visual impairments. The vision teacher works directly with students and consults with teachers. A Braillist transcribes all necessary materials for students, and an Orientation and Mobility Specialist works with students in moving about their environment safely.
School Psychology
Chris Willis
cwillis@fwps.org (253) 945-2084
School Psychologists provide support to teachers, support staff, administration, students and parents. They are responsible for facilitating the evaluation of students who may have special needs. They also provide individual and classroom interventions
Assistive Technology Program
Kathy Waltman
kwaltman@fwps.org (253) 945-3715
This program ensures that assistive technology is available to students with a disability if it is required as part of an IEP.
Merit
Chris Willis
cwillis@fwps.org (253) 945-2084
Day Treatment Program for students grades 6-12 with significant mental health needs
Employment and Transition Program
Rick Priest
rpriest@fwps.org (253) 945-4171
Program for students with developmental disabilities ages 19-21.
Autism Specialist
Jane Murphy
jmurphy@fwps.org (253) 945-4584
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
 Linda Brown
librown@fwps.org (253) 945-3024
Program is designed to provide appropriate educational services for deaf and hearing impaired students.
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