Hershel Bennett - Director of Special Education
Dr. Angie Delaney - Instruction Support and Compliance
Beth Jarrett - Program Specialist
Betty Ann Bearden - Special Education Administrative Assistant
Dawson County Schools Special Education department presently serves students ranging in ages 3-22.
Special Education is a specialized service designed to meet
individual needs of children with disabilities. It is the belief of the
Dawson County School System that all students with disabilities have
the right to receive a high quality education that encourages them to
reach their maximum potential.
Students with disabilities are provided with an array of
opportunities to learn through the use of specialized research-based
instruction, supportive services, supplemental aids and supports,
including ongoing training for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other
Dawson County participates in Georgia's Continuous Improvement
Monitoring Process (GCIMP), targeting performance goals for Students
with Disabilities. Data is collected and analyzed throughout the year
to measure progress towards meeting Georgia's Performance goals. A
stakeholder committee, comprised of educators, parents, community
members and students, utilizes the data to determine system strengths
and weaknesses, then develops or revises their Improvement Plan as
Delivery Models in the Dawson County School System may include:
Consultation – The special education teacher consults with the general
education teacher and student on a scheduled basis to meet the needs of
the student. The student typically remains in the general education
classroom environment during the instructional day.
Co-Teaching - Special education personnel and general education
personnel work together in the regular classroom to meet the needs of
all students in the classroom whether they are considered disabled or
Small Group Placement (Resource) - Students with
disabilities receive instruction in a special education resource room
for individualized assistance during a portion of the academic day.
Students will typically spend parts of their instructional day in the
general education environment.
(Self-Contained) - Students with disabilities receive the majority of the instructional day in the special education setting, typically having some social interaction opportunities with their peers without disabilities.
Separate Facility - Students with disabilities are provided special education instruction in a separate building / facility.
Homebound Special Education Instruction – a certified special education
teacher provides instruction at home for those special education
students who are unable to attend school because of severe medical
reasons. A licensed physician must verify that their medical condition
prohibits them from attending school.
The amount of time that a
student spends in special education/related services is determined by
the student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Typically, a
team, including school personnel and the parents, develops the IEP.
In addition to special education program and related services, there
are numerous activities available for Dawson County Special Education
students, which may include:
Special Olympics– Offers students
with intellectual and physical disabilities opportunities to compete at
local, area, state, and international levels in a variety of individual
and team events.
Community Based Instruction (CBI) Programs – Offers
students with disabilities the opportunity to transition into higher
education and/or work force training.
The Dawson County School System offers special education programs for
students identified with disabilities ages 3 – 22 including but not
-Deaf/Hard of Hearing
-Other Health Impairment
-Specific Learning Disability
-Traumatic Brain Injury
Our school system provides services to students with disabilities an
array of educational opportunities in the least restrictive environment.
Students receive evaluations in the suspected areas of disability
through a multi-disciplinary team evaluation. Once a students meets
Georgia eligibility, an Individual Education Program is developed. This
IEP is based upon the student’s individual needs as deemed appropriate
by the IEP team. Services are provided by the most highly qualified
professionals available. Students and parents are assured of all due
process procedural safeguards as described in the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Related Support Services
are additional services required for a student to maximally benefit from
special education. Services may include , but are not limited to:
occupational therapy, physical therapy, adapted physical education,
nursing services, assistive technology, and special transportation.
The District complies with state
requirements related to restraint and seclusion as set out in Georgia
SBOE Rule 160-5-1-.35. Consistent with that rule, physical restraint
will be used only in situations in which the student is in immediate
danger to himself/herself or others and the student is not responsive to
verbal directives or other less intensive de-escalation techniques. A
parent or guardian will be notified in writing each time their student
has been restrained. The District maintains written policies and
procedures governing the use of restraint.
Attention Deficit(s) - www.add.about.com
Council for Exceptional Children - www.cec.sped.org
Dropout Prevention - www.dropoutprevention.org
Georgia Department of Education - www.gadoe.org
Health Issues - www.nih.gov
Hearing Impairment - www.seriweb.com/hearing.htm
Interventions - www.interventioncentral.org
Learning Disabilities - www.ldonline.org
NASP - www.nasponline.org
Special Education Guide - www.specialeducationguide.com