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Your Child and the Public Education System

You Need to Know…
• Your child has right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that meets your child's unique educational needs.

• Above all else, you know your child better than anyone.

• You should never be afraid to ask questions about your child's education.

• You do not have to sign the IEP right away. Take it home and look it over to make sure everything is correct.

• If you need support or someone to attend the meeting with you, contact ADD at 507-451-9769.

Services and Programs

KOOL KIDS ON THE BLOCK
A Disability Awareness/Bullying Prevention Program designed to increase awareness, sensitivity and acceptance of differences of individuals with disabilities through educational puppet skits and "hands on" learning stations. more info

SIBSHOP
A fun-filled support program designed for brothers and sisters of children with special needs.  It includes information and discussion about sibling issues with unique and fun recreational games and activities.  Children talk about the joys and concerns of having a sibling with special needs with others who really know what it is like. more info

SPECIAL SITTERS
Informational meetings are designed to prepare teenagers and adults to sit for most children who have developmental disabilities.  Sitters who have received this training are able to provide quality care and peace of mind for families that might otherwise be unable to receive it. more info

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS OPPORTUNITIES
This program offers two components.  The first component is a support group offered to families and caregivers of individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD). The second component offers educational workshops.  These workshops offer tools and strategies to promote promising outcomes for individuals on the spectrum and their families.  more info

PARENT MENTORS
Volunteers who have children or young adults with special challenges or medical needs. Mentors offer encouragement, emotional support and information on an informal and personal basis. more info

INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
Financial assistance is provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who are in need of funds for work related expenses, specialized equipment, educational classes, recreational programs, etc.  Individuals must meet the criteria for ADD's Individual Needs Fund.
Individual Needs Application Form | Individual Needs Criteria

VOLUNTEER DISABILITY ORIENTATION
A Disability Resource Guide is shared with Owatonna Park and Recreation coaches and volunteers regarding inclusion of individuals with disabilities and special health concerns in park and recreation programs.  By offering this, we are promoting a successful inclusion experience for kids with special needs.

RESOURCE/REFERRAL
Educational speakers, workshops, program presentations, and periodic newsletters.

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