Bering Strait School District offers a continuum of services to children ages 3 through 21 with disabilities the opportunity to access free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment, as specified by Alaska and federal statutes.
These statutes apply to every eligible disabled child, regardless of the severity of the disability.
Special education is described as:
"specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs"
Special Education is intended to ensure that children with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum and profit from the educational standards that apply to all children.
Special Education supports and services are provided to students in all 15 schools throughout our district who are identified with the following impairments:
Speech and Language: Difficulty with understanding language and/or speaking.
Motor: Difficulty with printing, writing, walking, or jumping.
Developmental Delay: Young children who appear to be behind in the development of cognition, communication, physical skills, social skills and/or self-help skills.
Learning Disability: Children who struggle in acquiring reading, writing and math skills.
Health Impairments: Limited strength, vitality, alertness due to a chronic or acute health condition (i.e. diabetes, leukemia, ADD, ADHD).
Emotional/Behavioral: Difficulty maintaining satisfactory relationships with peers and adults.
Orthopedic Impairments: Difficulty with the normal function of muscles, joints and bones.
Mental Retardation: Significant difficulty in intellectual skills and in self-help/adaptive skills.
Multiple Disabilities: Two different disabilities occurring at the same time causing severe educational need.
Deafness: Documented hearing loss to such a degree that student is unable to process information through hearing.
Hearing-Impaired: Documented hearing difficulties which negatively affect the student's educational performance.
Vision Impairment/Blindness: Students with a visual impairment that, even with correction, require specially designed instruction.
Deaf/Blindness: Students with both significant hearing and vision impairments.
Autism: Difficulties affecting verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction
Traumatic Brain Injury: Students who have experienced injury to the brain by an external physical force, negatively affecting educational performance.
If you would like more information or suspect that your child has a disability and does not receive special education services, contact the special education teacher at the school in your village. You may also contact Patty Vink, Special Education and Child Find Coordinator at (907) 624-4278.