ERIC Number: ED394777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Mid-Shore Special Education Consortium: From Competition to Collaboration.
Salmon, Karen; Thomas, Anne
In recognition of the special challenges that rural areas face in delivering services to students with disabilities, the boards of education of five rural counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore created the Mid-Shore Special Education Consortium in 1973. The Consortium counties represent a population of 24,000 students and provide special education services to approximately 13 percent of these students. The consortium is committed to keeping children with their families and in their community schools. The goals of the consortium include developing cost-effective service delivery models for disabled students, assisting member counties in implementing these models, recruiting specialized personnel, providing staff development, providing services to students in the least restrictive environment, and monitoring and evaluating the appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of the consortium. The functions and organization of the consortium's advisory board are described, as are the fiscal system and personnel program. With the move to an inclusive approach to special education, the consortium's service delivery model has evolved from regionally-based classrooms to an itinerant model that allows disabled students to attend their neighborhood schools with nondisabled peers and have specialized services brought to them. Services include occupational and physical therapy, audiology, vision, hearing, and clinical psychology. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maryland (Eastern Shore)
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.