The Deer Lakes Special Education Department is committed to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and helping them reach their potential. Deer Lakes offers a continuum of services and placement options to meet the needs of each student. Services include but are not limited to:
Autistic support—for students with the educational disability of autism who demonstrate the need for services to address needs primarily in the areas of communication, social skills and/or behaviors consistent with those of autism spectrum disorders.
Blind-visually impaired support—for students with the disability of visual impairment including blindness, requiring services to address needs primarily in the areas of accessing print, and other visually presented materials, and orientation and mobility, including access to the community.
Deaf and hard of hearing support—for students with the disability of deafness or hearing impairment, requiring services to address needs primarily in the area of reading and communication.
Emotional support—for students with a disability requiring services primarily in the areas of emotional or social development, the lack thereof impacting their ability to make reasonable academic progress.
Learning support—for students with a disability requiring services in reading, writing, mathematics, and/or speaking or listening skills as related to academic performance.
Life skills support—for students whose disability requires services in academic, functional or vocational skills necessary for independent living.
Multiple disabilities support—services for students with more than one disability, the result of which is severe impairment requiring services primarily in the areas of academic, functional or vocational skills necessary for independent living.
Physical support—services for students with a physical disability that require services primarily in the areas of functional motor skills development, including adapted physical education or use of assistive technologies designed to provide or facilitate the development of functional motor capacity or skills.
Speech and language support—services for students with speech and/or language impairments who require services in communication or the use of assistive technologies designed to provide or facilitate the development of communication capacity or skills.Deer Lakes contracts with several agencies to provide the supports listed above, in addition to occupational and physical therapy, behavior consultation, and mental health support services. The Deer Lakes School District also partners with approved private schools and licensed private and public programs to meet the needs of individual students.