ERIC Number: ED406097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Related Services to Students with Disabilities in Rural and Remote Areas of Nevada.
Demchak, MaryAnn; Morgan, Carl R.
Related services include transportation and such developmental, corrective, and supportive services that enable a student with a disability to benefit from special education. Rural school districts have difficulty providing services comparable to those provided by urban districts. Special education directors of 11 of the 15 rural school districts in Nevada responded to a survey concerning related services. The number of special education students in these districts ranged from 25 to 1,146, and the number of schools ranged from 3 to 19. The only three related services available in all districts were speech pathology, counseling, and psychological services. Occupational and physical therapy were available in the majority of the districts. Six or more of the 11 districts reported that audiology, social work, parent counseling and training, and recreation were not available. The most frequent reason provided for unavailability of a service was that there was no allocation for personnel in that area. In only three instances was a position open due to difficulties in hiring a qualified person. Only one school district reported that all related services were available. Most of the available services were provided to 20 or fewer students in a district. The primary way of providing services was through certified school district employees, but some remote districts provided services through independent contracts with service providers. Two districts provided services through collaboration with other agencies. Four tables list related services and present survey results. (TD)
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Ancillary School Services, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Professional Personnel, Related Services (Special Education), Rural Schools, School Districts, School Personnel, Special Education, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada