Special Education

 Information & Resources

Special education provides students with identified disabilities specifically designed instruction to meet their unique needs.  Shared Services is committed to providing a continuum of services ensuring all students with disabilities have access to the general curriculum and a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE ) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in accordance

with federal regulations under IDEA.

Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Individual with Disabilities Education Act (2004)


Child Find 

Shared Services is responsible for the identification of

students with disabilities from birth through age 22 in accordance with federal law under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) Child Find guidelines, and state and local board of education policies. Shared Services provides special education services for students in the towns of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Hartland, Norfolk and Regional School District No. 7. Shared Services and our districts are committed to locating, identifying and evaluating children from birth through age 22 suspected of having a physical, learning, communicative and/or social/emotional disability.  If you, at any time, have concerns about your child’s development or suspect your child may have a disability requiring special education services, please contact

Shared Services at 860-379-8583.

Shared Services Special Education Referral Form


Parent's Guide to Special Education

Guía para padres sobre educación especial en Connecticut

Parents are vitally important to the special education decision making process.  A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) is designed and developed through the collaboration between families, teachers, administrators and related service providers in a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting.  Through the PPT process, a special education program unique to the student’s needs is created if the child is found eligible for services.  The Parent’s Guide to Special Education is a comprehensive resource that provides information regarding laws, regulations and policies specific to special education.

Links below provide additional resources