Department of Defense Education Activity

Mendel ES: Special Ed

JKMES provides a wide-range of services for children with learning difficulties. All programs are governed by issuances under Public Law 94-142, DS 1342-12, and IDEA guidelines. The goal is to ensure that all children receive support services for any identified handicapping condition that may directly impact learning. A teacher, parent, or medical provider can make a referral for special education services. Referral information is available from the counselor, or your child's teacher.

Child Find is a DoDDS program used to locate and identify any young person with a special need age birth through twenty-one. Once identified, the Child Study Committee can begin working to meet the special educational needs of the student and to determine priorities for services.

Services for Student with Learning Impairments:

This program provides academic support services to those students who qualify based on a learning disability that impairs the processing or production of information in an academic area or environment. It also includes those students who have an intellectual deficit.

Services for Students with Physical Impairments:

Services are provided for students whose educational performance is adversely affected by a physical impairment that requires environmental and/or academic modifications including, but not limited to, the following: visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment and other health impairments.

Services for Students with Emotional Impairments:

Support services can be provided through the school counselors, school psychologist, nurse, and teachers of the Learning Impaired for those students with a clinically diagnosed emotional impairment.

Services for Students with Communication Impairments:

Services are provided for students whose educational performance is adversely affected by a developmental or acquired communication disorder to include voice, fluency, articulation, and/or expressive language.

Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities (PSCD):

Preschool services are available to children from age 3 to 6 who exhibit significant developmental delays. Youngsters who are eligible for the program demonstrate a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: physical, speech/language, cognitive, social/emotional, and self-help or adaptive behavior. The program is family-centered as opportunities are offered to parents for education, support, and involvement. Services for this program can be provided in a range of environments from the center or school based program supported by a professional pre-school special education teacher. If you suspect your child is experiencing difficulty in any of the above areas, please do not hesitate to contact the school for more information. Early identification of developmental delays can help your child avoid serious learning problems when they reach school age.