Students with Disabilities

Students will disabilities may need additional support to achieve their academic potential. Disabilities include physical, medical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social and learning disabilities.

To receive support through special education and related services, a student must be evaluated to determine eligibility for those services. To learn more about the evaluation process, please visit Pupil Appraisal.

Schools provide a personal written plan, called an Individualized Education Program, for every student with disabilities. The plan includes:

  • Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance,
  • Measurable annual goals,
  • Reports of progress on the annual goals,
  • Special education and related services and supplementary aids and services,
  • Degree of nonparticipation in regular class and extracurricular activities,
  • Accommodations and modifications on state and district assessments,
  • Frequency, location, beginning and duration of services and modifications, and
  • Measurable post-secondary goals, transition services and transfer of rights statement.

Students with disabilities are supported by a team that includes:

  • One or both parents
  • One or more of the student’s teachers
  • A representative of the school district

Students with disabilities may access a range of services, including:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • School Health and School Nurse Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Psychological Services
  • Counseling Services
  • School Social Work Services
  • Speech/Language Pathology Services
  • Orientation and Mobility Services
  • Assistive Technology

In Louisiana, all Individual Education Programs are developed using a web-based program, which provides consistency and continuity of its implementation when a student moves to a new school or school district within the state.

For more resources, visit the Students with Disabilities Library here.