What is Special Education?

  • Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These are:

    • Autism
    • Deaf
    • Deaf-Blind
    • Emotionally Disturbed
    • Hard of Hearing
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Multiple Handicapped
    • Orthopedically Impaired
    • Other Health Impaired
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech-Language Impaired
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visually Impaired


    Every child with a disability between the ages of birth to 22 is entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  Kings County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) offers programs for students with special needs in...Behavioral ~ Cognitive ~ Learning ~ Motor ~ Physical ~ Speech/Language and other unique areas. To find out more contact the Special Education office at 559-583-5901 ext. 3123.

    Our objective is for all students to meet or exceed district standards. As professional educators, whether our role is in general education, special education, or administration, we believe it is our collective responsibility to support special education students to meet this objective. We understand the essential role parents and guardians have in student educational progress and are committed to fostering effective parent/school collaboration toward the best interests of students.


    Janice Ede, Director of Student Services
    559-583-5901, ext. 3117
    Kim Perez, Special Programs Technician
    559-583-5901, ext. 3123
    IEP Records request can be sent to kperez@hjuhsd.org