Special Education

Dee Dee Walker
Director of Special Education
(513) 899-2264 ext. 50109

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires students with disabilities ages preschool through school age to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Little Miami Local Schools provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of learners with special needs in their least restrictive environment.

Child Find

Little Miami Local Schools is in the process of locating, identifying, and evaluating all children with disabilities, birth through age 21 years who may require special education and related services. For preschoolers and school age children, students must meet the criteria listed in one of the state defined categories. These categories include: autism, cognitive disability, specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment including blindness. For preschool the additional category of developmental delay exists.

If you know a child who may have a disability, please contact: Dee Dee Walker, Director of Special Education at 899-2264, ext. 50109, for school age students and Erin Losey, Preschool Director at 899-2264, ext. 45103, for preschool students ages 3-5.

For more information on the Policies and Procedures related to special education, please visit the following site:

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Little Miami Local Schools operates under a Response to Intervention Model. This means that when a team member or parent has a concern, the team will collaborate to place interventions in place to promote success. These strategies will be monitored through data collection. The student's skills will be monitored to determine whether to continue with the current strategies, or to replace them with additional strategies.

Section 504

Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 is a federal law which protects the rights of persons with qualifying disabilities. It requires that recipients of federal funds make their programs and activities accessible to all persons with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects persons from discrimination based upon their disability status. A person is considered to have a disability within the definition of Section 504 if her or she:

  • has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of the major life activities
  • has a record of such impairments; or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment

    Major life activities include functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. When a condition does not substantially limit a major life activity, the person does not qualify under Section 504.

    If you believe that your child may qualify for a 504 plan, please contact your building principal.