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CuCPS Departments

Special Education

Cumberland County Public Schools is committed to providing all children with disabilities a broad spectrum of educational opportunities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that all students ages 2-21 with disabilities be afforded a free and appropriate public education. Educational services must be provided in the student's least restrictive environment. This means that to the greatest extent possible, given the educational needs of a child, each child with a disability will be educated and participate in other school activities with their non-disabled peers. Special education is specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent(s), to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Cumberland County Public Schools provides individualized instruction to eligible children that address the unique needs of the child resulting from the child's disability. Cumberland County Public Schools provides access of the child to the general curriculum, ensuring that the child has an opportunity to meet or exceed the educational standards.

A child may be found eligible for special education services in the following areas: Autism, Deafness, Deaf-Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment, including Deafness, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment, including Blindness.

Special Education Referral Process

The special education process begins with a referral. A referral can be made by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other school-based team. The following steps are involved in the special education process:

• Identification and referral

• Evaluation

• Determination of eligibility

• Development of an individualized education plan (IEP) and determination of services

• Reevaluation

Special Education Staff

  • Ford

    Supervisor of Special Education

    Mrs. Ford has worked for Cumberland County Public Schools for eleven years. Her current position is Supervisor for Special Education. Prior to working in Central Office, she served as Principal and Assistant Principal of Cumberland County Elementary School. She has taught in the elementary setting and served as an instructional support facilitator. Mrs. Ford supervises the Special Education Department for the Division, Gifted and Talented Program, Homebound Instruction, and LEP. She also serves as the Foster Care Liaison for the school division. Mrs. Ford is eager to serve the Cumberland County community.
  • Watson

    Special Education Master Teacher

    Mrs. Watson has worked for Cumberland County Public School since 2004. She has served as the special education teacher at Cumberland County Elementary School for grades K-3. She began her role as the special education master teacher at CCES in 2009. Providing quality instruction to students with disabilities is her primary focus, and she looks forward to continuing to serve students, parents, and community members.