How Are Students Referred For ServicesMission Statement
School Age Services for students grades K – grade 23 include the Ida Sue School, a public separate educational facility, and satellite classrooms located inside Wayne County public schools. These programs meet all standards as specified by the Ohio Department of Education. All students receiving services will progress through Ohio’s Academic Content Standards - Extended at their individualized pace.
School-age classrooms are self-contained rooms staffed by instructors and paraprofessionals who offer specialized instruction in academics, communication, self-care skills, environmental and community skills, fine arts, physical development, and vocational skills. Specialists work together with the classrooms to provide appropriate activities for the students in the areas of PT, OT, Speech, and Physical Education. The school has primary, intermediate, secondary, and transition classrooms focusing on students with severe to profound developmental disabilities, severe autism, and students with high medical needs.
The Wayne County Board of DD, including the Ida Sue School, is a resource for all county residents, even those who are not formally enrolled in either the Wayne County Board of DD or the Ida Sue School.
Students are referred for services through the IEP team process in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is the Wayne County Board of DD’s desire that, when possible, students remain in their home district with access to ‘typical’ peers. If an IEP team determines that a child is not best served in their home district, the home district, in compliance with all state and federal laws, may choose to contact the Wayne County Board of DD. At that time, the IEP team (now including the Wayne County Board of DD) would explore the appropriateness of a placement at the IDA Sue School.
The mission of the Wayne County Board of Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with enrollees, families, staff, and the community, is to provide choice and options based on individual and family preferences enabling a quality of life satisfying to the individual in learning, living, working, and participation in the community.