An Update On Special Education In New Hampshire
New models for education seek to provide resources and access to services for not just students with special needs (such as intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities), but for any student who may be marginalized in their community. This may include students who speak English as a second language, and students living in poverty. But individual schools and school districts still struggle to meet their students' needs, through workforce shortages, funding limitations, or exhaustive performance requirements.
- Bonnie Dunham - Parent advocate at the N.H. Parent Information Center on Special Education.
- Michael McSheehan - Project director at the UNH Institute on Disability and Center on Inclusive Education. He also serves as the coordinator of technical assistance for the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Education Center.
- Santina Thibedeau - N.H. State Director of Special Education, and president of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education for the 2017-2018 year.
Learn more about how IEPs work in New Hampshire schools from the Parent Information Center.