Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Special Education Services

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WSESU Special Education expands the continuum of educational services for students identified with a disability per the Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices.  Students with disabilities receive an equitable education addressing their individual needs to achieve their fullest potential in academics, social/emotional development, and life skills leading to personal independence to access post-secondary education and/or employment. Special Education services are embedded in each WSESU school working alongside classroom and academic support educators to provide appropriate opportunities within each school’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. This is often referred to as a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Special education services can be provided in a variety of settings, such as in the classroom, out of the classroom, or in an alternative setting.

The current federal law that governs all Special Education Services is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires equitable education to students with disabilities. The Rules and Regulations for Special Education in Vermont are contained in the State of Vermont Special Education Rules.

Eligibility for special education services is determined by an Evaluation and Planning Team (EPT).  A child must meet criteria in one of the disability categories (listed below) and there must be evidence that the disability adversely affects the child’s educational performance in at least one basic skill area.  In addition, it must be determined that the student demonstrates a need for specialized instruction that is not available through the school’s comprehensive list of services available to all students.

There are thirteen categories of disability under IDEA. They include:

Autism

Deaf or Blindness

Developmental Delays

Emotional Disturbance

Hearing Impairments

Intellectual Disability

Multiple Disabilities

Orthopedic Impairments

Other Health Impairments

Specific Learning Disabilities

Speech and Language Impairments

Traumatic Brain Injury

Visual Impairments

For more information about special education in Vermont, please explore the “Resources” section below.

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Contact and Mailing Information:

Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-254-3748 or 3749
Fax 802-254-9366

Tate Erickson

Director of Special Education
​terickson@wsesdvt.org

Brandy Levesque

Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education
blevesque@wsesdvt.org

Whitney Lynde

Coordinator of Special Education – Elementary
whlynde@wsesdvt.org

Joe Grutta

Coordinator of Middle School and High School Special Education
jgrutta@wsesdvt.org

Eleanor Kearney

Administrative Assistant – Special Education
ekearney@wsesu.org

Tabitha Favreau

Medicaid Clerk
tfavreau@wsesu.org

Cynthia Wiese

Administrative Assistant, High School Special Education
cwiese@wsesdvt.org