The cornerstone Federal legislation for the education of students with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. IDEA ensures the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for every student who qualifies under the Federal Law and corresponding federal and state regulations.
Our goal is to work with parents/guardians to help ensure that every child experiences success in the Brookfield Local School District. The District encourages parents to call the Special Education Department if they suspect their child has a handicap that may interfere with their child's ability to progress in the general education environment.
Special educational services are available to students with disabilities (SWD) from age 3 through 21 years of age. Brookfield promotes inclusion practices whenever appropriate, and provides support to the general education teacher and/or the SWD participating in the general education setting. The district employs one school psychologist and intervention specialists serving grades K-12. In addition, one speech therapist serves students identified with deficits in the area of communication. The District contracts with the TCESC for various related services, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy, in order to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Preschool special education services are offered through Head Start, TCESC, and Fairhaven. In the 2021-2022 school year, Brookfield Local School District opened a Head Start preschool classroom on its campus.