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School mainstreaming contest winners, 1991.

The Holy Name of Jesus School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade parochial elementary school, houses the Scranton Diocese Special Ecducation Program. An Individualized Instruction Classroom (IIC) provides an appropriate setting for a variety of educational opportunities for exceptional children.

The curriculum offers academic subjects, social learning, physical development, pre-vocational education and pre-educational skills in basic computer technology. Each child proceeds at his/her own rate according to their IEPs. Various opportunities exist for mainstreamed activities with the students of Holy Name School.

In practice, the students enrolled in the Individual Instruction Program function in most of the regular classes with reasonable accommodation. All students share activities in gym, music, religion. Many of the exceptional children are integrated into the regular, math and other academic areas. Church, cafeteria, religious programs, playground, assemblies and general settings provide excellent opportunities for the children with disabilities to participate with their peers and for the other students to learn about understanding and friendship in return.

Admission is currently open to qualified children ages 5 through 1 3 regardless of ethnic, racial, religious or socioeconomic background. Children who apply are screened to determine the appropriate placement.

Contact: Holy Name of Jesus School, 1133 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, Pa. 18704, (717) 288-5558.

WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

OMAHA,NEBRASKA

Last school year, seven students with severe, moderate or mild mental disabilities were placed in general education classrooms (kindergarten through second grade) with their peers for 95 to 100 percent of the school day. Special education services were coordinated by an integration facilitator who worked closely with the students, classroom teachers, resource staff, parents and school administrators to meet the needs of each child in the regular classroom setting.

The students in the Students Learning Together Program were identified by their teachers, or at the request of parents, for consideration for placement in regular classrooms in four Westside Community elementary schools in Omaha, Neb. The general classroom teachers were assured that support would be available, that they would be a vital part of the team, and that they, through the IEP process, would be the primary determinant in deciding the amount and type of support services required.

Available support included direct one-on-one assistance and adaptation of material for the special needs student; teacher guidance in on-site adaptation to illustrate the student's current functioning; and suggestions for dealing with behavior needs as necessary and any student's questions concerning the students with special needs.

Contact: Kelly Wanzenreid, Director of Special Education, or Doug Wragge, integration Facilitator, District 66 Administration Office, 909 South 76th, Omaha, Neb. 68114-4599, (402) 390-2100.

SIPPICAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MARION MASSACHUSETTS

Sippican Elementary School in Marion Mass. houses Project Grow Preschool, funded by state money with support from the Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester school districts.

Besides the teacher and two aides, the Project Grow staff includes a speech-language pathologist, and an occupational and a physical therapist who provide in-classroom individual therapy whenever possible.

Project Grow's staff makes regular home visits and parents can follow their child's progress through staff videotapes taken all year.

Children with special needs and normally developing children who cannot attend other preschools are welcome.

Contact: Jane Taylor, Project Grow, Sippican Elementary School, 16 Spring St., Marion, Mass. 02730, (508) 748-0100.
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Title Annotation:Annual Directory of National Organizations 1991-92
Publication:The Exceptional Parent
Date:Sep 1, 1991
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