The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) offers special education classes for students identified through IDEA as having Multiple Disabilities. Multiple disabilities means concomitant impairments (such as mental retardation-blindness or mental retardation-orthopedic impairment), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in typical special education programs. “Multiple disabilities” does not include deaf-blindness.
- The program is a cooperative effort of eleven local and two small city districts throughout Mahoning County and serves elementary, middle and high school students.
- Each student receives a Multifactor Evaluation (MFE) in order to qualify for services. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed based on the needs of the student to serve as a pathway for instruction.
- The class size does not exceed eight students. The teacher is a licensed intervention specialist in the state of Ohio. Appropriate support personnel are assigned to each classroom.
- Related services are provided to those students who qualify in the areas of speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services and orientation and mobility. Therapy can be provided within the classroom and in community settings.
- The curriculum is based on the Extended Ohio Academic Content Standards.