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Walker County Special Education Services

Currently Walker County Schools serves over 1,400 students with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blind and Visually Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind, Intellectually Disabled (mild, moderate, severe, and profound), Orthopedically Impaired, Other Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disabled, Speech Language Impaired, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Significant Developmental Delay. Ages served range from preschool age 3 through high school age 22.

To ensure quality services, WCS employs staff to serve our students including special education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech/language pathologists, interpreters, an assistive technology specialist, related service personnel serving occupational and physical therapy needs, school psychologists, special education nurses, a transition specialist, and educational diagnosticians. To meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, Walker County Schools offers a variety of programs and a continuum of services including consultative, inclusion/co-teaching programs, resource “pull out” programs, and self-contained programs. In addition, students are served in homebound, special day programs or residential placements when necessary. All students in the special education program have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The IEP determines the placement that best supports the student in accessing the educational setting. The students work on specific academic, behavioral, and /or functional goals. Walker County Schools currently has special education services available at every school site designed to meet the unique needs of the students in that school or area. Additionally, there are specialized programs for low incidence populations of students to meet their unique needs.

Student Records

You are hereby notified that the Walker County Department of Education, in accordance with Georgia State guidelines, will destroy all special education records of former students born on January 1 through December 31, 1991. These records are no longer needed for educational purposes. All unclaimed records will be destroyed April 2016. If you are affected by this and desire records for possible future benefits, please call 706-375-9900 x100 or 706-375-7945 x123.

Child Find

Walker County Schools is committed to the identification of children in need of special education services. Parents of children age birth to two years who may need additional support should contact Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention program at (706) 937-6670. For children ages 3 – 21 who may need special education services, please call the Special Education Department at (706) 375-9900.

Project Search

Project SEARCH is a one school year, unpaid job internship training program for students with disabilities age 18 – 22. It is a partnership between Walker County Schools; a host business; Vocational Rehabilitation; Supported Employment Services of Kaleidoscope and Orange Grove Center; and the GDBHDD, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The program is business led and takes place entirely in the workplace. The host business is Hutcheson Medical Center in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA where experiences include a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through three, 10-week worksite job rotations.

Click here for more information: PROJECT SEARCH Summary