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Special Education

Laura Collier, Special Education Supervisor (513) 897-2761 ext, 2204


Wayne Local Schools is committed to offering a free and appropriate public education to meet the unique needs of students in the district with special needs, ages 3-21.



A child’s eligibility for special education is determined through the completion of an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) by a school psychologist and team including the family. Students must demonstrate the need for specially designed instruction and/or related services due to a disability that has an adverse impact on the student’s ability to participate in their educational process.

Once a request for an evaluation is provided to the district, the district has up to 30 days to respond to the request. The team will agree to complete the evaluation, or present a prior written notice stating the reasons an evaluation will not be conducted. Most often this process occurs through a team meeting. When the district begins an evaluation, there is a 60 day time period allotted for the completion of the evaluation from the time the parental consent is received for the evaluation.

Should a child be found eligible for services, the district will write an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) outlining the student’s needs, current levels of performance, and goals and objectives the team wants the child to achieve. The IEP will also outline the services that will be provided to the child.

Child Find:

Public schools are required by federal and state law to find all children with disabilities, ages birth through 21, and provide special education services for ages 3-21 for any child identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Disabilities under IDEIA include speech and language, hearing impairments, visual impairments, specific learning disability, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, orthopedic disability, autism and traumatic brain injury and developmental disability (preschool only). If after an evaluation, a child is determined to have a disability under IDEIA, the child is eligible to receive special education services through the school district.

All information related to the referral, evaluation, identification and special education services is confidential information. Parents retain specific rights related to confidentiality, review of records, release of information and accuracy of records for any child referred to special education, identified as special education or who receives special education services.

Should you know of a child with a disability please contact Laura Collier, the Special Education Supervisor. 

A copy of parental rights for students with special needs can be found here: 

A Guide to Parent Rights

qr code for survey

Hello Families, 

Each year the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce select districts to participate in a special education family survey.  Below is information for this survey.  If you have a child with an IEP and want to participate, please reference the information below.   The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Should you need the survey in a language other than English, please contact Laura Collier at  In addition, The Ohio State University in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce have prepared a video to continue efforts to receive adequate representation of the perspective of parents/caregivers of Black students.   To access the video, please click HERE. Please use the password: 2024 to access the video.

Have a great rest of the school year,

Laura Collier

Special Education Coordinator



Dear Parent/Caregiver,

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (ODEW) would like to invite you to participate in a short, 25 question survey about your involvement in your student’s education.  Research suggests that parental involvement is a key predictor of positive educational outcomes. You may be eligible to participate if your child has an IEP and receives special education services.  The purpose of collecting this information is to improve services for students with disabilities across Ohio.  If you are eligible to participate and you enroll in the study, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card.  Your chance of winning a gift card is approximately 2.0%.  Please click on this link or use the QR (Quick Response) code (see below) to find out more about the survey and if you are eligible. 


David Julian, Ph.D.
Special Education Family Survey Director  (Collecting surveys on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education)

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