The ability to make choices and maintain control of one's environment is a right which we value and enjoy. It is our belief that students who are physically, behaviorally, mentally or emotionally challenged deserve these rights as well. Our broad strategy of person centered planning, including, the functional assessment of students, enables the staff to develop appropriate instructional goals and objective for students in all classroom ratio categories.
We believe that every child, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, can be taught more efficient and effective ways of communicating and that development in all areas will be significantly enhanced when an appropriate system of communication is learned. To successfully begin an effective program, we must see things through the eyes of our students to understand what it is they wish to communicate and to provide the means and teach the skills necessary to do so. For many, technology will be instrumental in providing such systems and will enhance our students' literacy experiences.
We will continue to work diligently creating programs that develop skills for independence and will expand our students' options to participate in their school, post school and multicultural community settings. Our trans-disciplinary team supports the development and implementation of instruction using an integrated approach to provide related services as well as positive behavior supports. Additionally, team members understand the value of building strong partnerships with parents, families and community organizations.
With effective, consistent communication skills as the central focus of our commitment to teaching students skills for independence, it is our intention to increase professional development opportunities to ensure that instructional teams have the necessary skills and support. This comprehensive plan will enable our students to achieve high expectations and meet appropriate performance standards.