Programs that develop and implement organized plans for locating and identifying children who may be experiencing developmental delays or be in need of special education, and connect them with programs that provide evaluation and assessment services and/or school systems that offer the educational assistance they need.
Programs that provide itinerant instructional services for students who are unable to leave their homes to attend regular special day classes because of noncontagious medical conditions, physical disabilities and/or emotional problems. Teleclasses, which utilize special conference-type telephone equipment to provide instruction in all subjects, may be provided for these pupils.
Programs that provide classroom or tutorial instruction for hospitalized students who are unable to attend regular special day classes because of noncontagious medical conditions, physical disabilities and/or emotional problems.
Programs that provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to obtain academic, vocational and/or independent living skills instruction at the postsecondary level with the objective of participating in college classes, improving their social and communication skills, enhancing their independence and employability, forming friendships with their peers, developing age-appropriate recreational and leisure pursuits and/or meeting other individualized objectives which reflect their interests and goals. The programs may be available on college and university campuses, as part of adult and continuing education programs or offered at community colleges, technical/trade schools or special centres where students may be regularly enrolled, auditing courses, participating in internships or taking noncredit courses that do not lead to a degree or other academic credential. Some programs have a supported living component and most have special support services which help students succeed in the academic, vocational, residential or other settings in which they are involved.
Separately organized district, county or provincial schools that are established for the purpose of providing educational services for children with disabilities whose needs cannot be met in special classes or centres in a regular educational facility.
Programs that enroll exceptional learners for the majority of the school day in special classes or centres that are located on regular school sites and which group pupils who have similar instructional needs. Special classes and centres serve pupils who have intensive needs that cannot be met in a less restrictive learning environment.
Programs that provide support for children with disabilities who are moving from one kind of program setting or service provision system to another. The common transition points include transitions from health services to education or vice versa, from preschool to kindergarten, from elementary school to middle school, from secondary school to adult life and from more restrictive to less restrictive settings.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.