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Special Programs

 

Sharon M. Gibson, Director
Special Education/Section 504/Federal Programs/Migrant

 

Grasiela Guerrero-Gonzales
Administrative Assistant

 

Our Mission

Our Special Education team exists to support the Florence ISD mission of ensuring children with disabilities ages 3-21 who qualify for Special Education services are provided with access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, and they receive a quality education that enables them to reach their highest potential and participate fully in future social, economic and educational opportunities.

Our Philosophy

Florence ISD is committed to providing quality services for students with disabilities. “Special Education” means specially designed instruction that meets the needs of children with a disability. We believe that special education is a service that is individually determined based on data-driven student needs throughout the school day. Our primary instructional goal for all services is that students with disabilities are able to access and progress in the general curriculum through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), built on a standards-based framework.

 

Special Education

It is never too early or too late to explore a child’s educational opportunities. If you suspect a child of having a developmental delay or disability, Florence ISD can open a window of hope for a brighter future for that child. Special services are available to eligible infants, children and young adults identified with a disability.

They may be experiencing difficulties in the following areas:

  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Visual Impairment

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Physical Disability 

  • Deaf/Blind 

  • Emotional Disturbance 

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Learning Disability 

  • Autism

  • Speech and/or Language Difficulties

Each child is unique and some have special needs, but ALL have the right to an education and the ability to learn. Learning experiences encourage intellectual, social and emotional growth. Children develop self-confidence and the ability to get along with others. Every child has the capacity to learn, develop and to grow to his or her full potential. Do you know a child who may be in need of special services? Your school can provide needed educational/related services if there are an identified disability and an educational need.

Contact Florence ISD Department of Special Education office at (254) 793-2850 if you have any questions.

                                  

Contact Florence ISD Special Education office at 254-793-2850 ext. 2236 if you have any questions.