At least 10% of the total enrollment of BROC Head Start will be for children with disabilities. The term “disabilities” means children with mental retardation, hearing impairments including deafness, speech or language impairments, visual impairments including blindness, serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments or specific learning disabilities, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, need special education and related services.

Transition activities are implemented and followed through to ensure a smooth entrance to and exit from the Head Start Program. Services are provided in an inclusive environment in the Head Start classroom for children with disabilities, with opportunities to learn side by side with children who do not have disabilities. The teaching staff implements the goals stated on the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) into the daily lesson plans and classroom activities and meets the needs of the individual child.

Children with disabilities receive services (Speech/Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Developmental Delay Therapy) on-site and are usually coordinated with the local public schools. Collaborative agreements are in place with Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes County Schools to ensure the child’s IEP goals and objectives are being met.

The BROC Head Start Program collaborates with the Appalachian Foster Grandparent Program. Foster Grandparents are utilized in most classrooms to work one-on-one with the disabled child to enhance the child’s learning experiences.

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