• Office of Special Programs

    54 State Street,

    Middleport, NY 14105

    Phone: 716.735.2025    Fax: 716.735.2027

    Special Education Administrator

    Douglas King


    Sophia Brunner

    School Psychologists

    Annette Smith

    Therese Lawson

    The Office of Special Programs is responsible for providing programs and services to district students who have educational disabilities. Students suspected of having an educational disability may be referred by parents or professionals to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).  The CSE or CPSE determines if an educational disability is present, and if so, what programs and services are needed by the student to make satisfactory academic progress.

    A student's special education program is tailored to meet his or her unique learning needs.  These are described in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which is the guiding document for special education teachers working with a student.  The district provides a variety of placement options and services, but placement is always made within the least restrictive educational environment feasible. Related services (i.e., occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, counseling) are provided if needed, and in conjunction with placement or on a stand-alone basis.

    Special education is an integral part of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District. In an effort to maximize student progress under instruction, the Office of Special Programs collaborates with parents, other districts, agencies, and the community at large as an educational partner.


    Disability Information:

         Acronyms - a resource provided by Parent Network of WNY     

         Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - information from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

         Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - information from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

         Learning Disability (LD) - information from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

         Speech or Language Impairment (SLI) - information from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

            Using People First Language - a resource provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

    Parent Resources:

         Early Intervention - Niagara County Early Intervention Program 

         Head Start Programs - program locator, eligibility requirements and application information for children from birth to age five

         Person Centered Services - offers care coordination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 

         Procedural Safeguards Notice - describes rights related special education  

         Special Education in New York State - describes referral, evaluation, eligibility, IEP, and annual review/reevaluation process