Suspecting a Disability

If a parent or other concerned adult believes a student may need special education services, he or she is encouraged to talk with the student’s teacher or principal. Specialists from Grant Wood Area Education Agency are assigned to schools and will work with the family and school staff to identify any areas in which a student may be having difficulty. The state of Iowa uses a Response to Intervention model, or RtI, to evaluate students and determine eligibility for special education services. GWAEA staff and school staff will help the family and school staff determine if a disability is suspected and if so, will also describe the evaluation process and most importantly will identify steps or interventions for improving learning and performance. The Cedar Rapids Community School District provides a continuum of intervention services and special education services is at the end of this continuum.

For more information regarding obtaining assistance from special services, please contact us at 319-558-2575.