Special Education Services:
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires students with disabilities ages preschool through school age to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Hillsboro City Schools provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of learners with special needs in their least restrictive environment.
The Hillsboro City School District’s adopted Child Find Policy requires that all children below twenty-two (22) years of age residing within the district, who have a disability regardless of the severity of the disability, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state standards.
For children birth through age two, a disability means that a child have a behavior, cognition, communication, physical development, sensory development and/or social or emotional development deficit.
For children age three through five years of age, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas: communication skills, hearing abilities, motor functioning, social emotional/behavior functioning or vision abilities.
For school-age children, a disability means a person having one or more conditions such as autism, developmental handicap, hearing handicap, multi-handicap, orthopedically and/or other health handicaps, emotional/behavior handicap, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury or vision handicap.
If you are aware of a child who you think may have a disability, please contact Mendy Hamilton, Director of Special Programs at 937-393-3485 ext 1316 or Susan Rhoads, Special Education Supervisor at 937-393-3132 ext 5118.
Notification to Parents of a child with a disability
"Your child may be eligible for scholarship under the Autism Scholarship Program or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program to attend a special education program tht implements the child's individualized education program and that is operated by an alternative public provider or by a registered private provider."
The following is the phone number to the Ohio Department of Education and the office that is responsible for administering the scholarship programs.
For more information on the ASP
contact: Lisa Huckins
Office of Nonpublic Educational Options
Toll-free: (877) 644-6338
Send us an E-Mail:
Ohio Department of Education
Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program
25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 310
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Project SEARCH is a unique workforce development program designed for students with disabilities. Because the program is at a hospital or business, you will spend your school day at that site. The program is a one-year program designed to provide you with a variety of worksite experiences in a business/ hospital setting. During the school year you will rotate through two or three different jobs and learn the skills of that career. Each experience will help build the skills you need for the world of work. The goal of the program is a job at that business or somewhere in your local community. For more information, check out the website.