Special Education Services

Karen Downs and Lance Smith

What if you suspect your child has a disability?

A student suspected of having a disability may be referred for an educational evaluation by their parent, doctor, teacher, outside agency or friend. Parental permission must be obtained before evaluation. If you suspect your child has a disability, please contact the school administrator in your student’s school for information on the programs and processes.

A student may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Michigan Revised Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) if a determination is made by a evaluation team that a child has a disability that adversely affects his/her educational performance.  These services and programs are available for students who have not received their high school diploma nor completed a normal course of study. Children are eligible from birth to their 26th birthday.

Disability categories include:

ASD   –  Autism Spectrum Disorder
CI       –  Cognitive Impairment
ECDD -  Early Childhood Developmental Delay
EI       –  Emotional Impairment
HI      –  Hearing Impairment
LD     –  Learning Disability (Specific)
OHI   –  Other Health Impairment
PI       –  Physical Impairment
SLI     –  Speech & Language Impairment
SXI    –  Severe Multiple Impairment
TBI    –  Traumatic Brain Injury
VI       –  Visual Impairment

Special Education employs:

  • Autism Specialist
  • Behavioral Intervention Teacher Consultant
  • Hearing Impaired Interpreters
  • Nurses (RN & LPN)
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Worker
  • Speech & Language Pathologists
  • Teachers

Some services such as physical therapy and occupational therapy are contracted through the Community Health Center of Branch County. We also contract with Calhoun ISD for vision, mobility and assistive technology services.

Branch ISD directly hires and supervises special education teachers, itinerant staff and paraprofessionals.

The Waldron Learning Center is operated by Branch ISD and serves students with moderate to severe impairments.