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Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) is a Federal law which mandates a free and appropriate public education for students with disabilities.  Maine Special Education Regulations define a student with a disability as having one or more of the following diagnoses:  autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech and language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment including blindness.

Students with a disability are identified through a referral system and an Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Referrals may be made by  parents or teachers who have reason to believe that the student may have a disability which requires special education services.  Students may also refer themselves.  Parents are notified when a referral has been made, and parental consent is required before any special education evaluation or service is provided.  

Deering High School provides a continuum of special education placements in order to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Supportive services such as physical therapy and occupational therapy are available whenever such services are required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from special education services.  Academic success, emotional growth, and life skills are the focus of the high school special education program, with the goal being a smooth transition from high school to the adult world.  

Any questions regarding special education can be directed to your child’s special education case manager, the school principal, or to the Director of Student Support Services.

Jesse Applegate
Director of Student Support Services
applej@portlandschools.org
(207) 874-8134
Erin Bates-Letourneau
Asst. Director of Student Support Services
batese@portlandschools.org
(207) 842-5326