Special Education Services

Amherst County Public Schools provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities, age 2 to 21 inclusive, who are found eligible to receive special education services. The eligibility determination for special education services is a carefully managed process guided by the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia (January 25, 2010). Evaluations required to make this determination are completed by a team of professionals who, with parental consent, consider a variety of evaluation data and information, including input from parents participating on the committee. Once found eligible, an individualized education program (IEP) is developed cooperatively by the student's parents, educators, principal/designee, student (when appropriate) and other invited participants.
 
Special education services are provided in the least restrictive environment in the neighborhood school to the maximum extent appropriate for children with disabilities so they may be educated with children who are not disabled. Special education services are provided within specific division wide programs for students with low incidence disabilities when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be reasonably achieved.
 
Parents of students with disabilities who attend Amherst County Public Schools may find the following links informational:
 
Jim Gallagher, Supervisor of Student Services jgallagher@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9559
ACPS 60 Day Screening Policies    
Child Find Statement- (Suspected Disabled)    
Disability Definitions    
Federal Regulations     
Garantias Procesales     
A Parent's Guide to Special Education     
Procedural Safeguards    
Public Notice of 60 Day Screening    
Regulations Governing Special Education
Programs for Students with Disabilities in Virginia
   
Services for Students Identified as Hearing or
Visually Impaired
   
Special Education Abbreviations    
Virginia Department of Education     
 
Contact Information:
 
Jim Gallagher
Supervisor of Student Services
P.O. Box 1257
Amherst, VA 24521
Phone: 434-946-9341 or 434-946-9342, Fax: 434-946-9346