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Approximately 1,919 students with disabilities are served by Ionia County ISD's 5 local school districts, 2 public school academies, 3 rural school districts, and 4 nonpublic schools. Collaborative supports, services, guidance, resources and technical assistance is provided by Ionia County ISD to assist with professional development, program development, parent support, technology, and legal requirements to ensure the individual unique needs of all students are addressed.
Ionia County ISD provides the following special education services and supports to students throughout the county:

  • Assistive Technology Consideration
  • Transition Programming
  • Instructional Consultation Teams (ICT)
  • Visual Impairment Specialist
  • Hearing Impairment Specialist
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • School Psychology services
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social Work services
  • Early Childhood supports

The Ionia County ISD operates the following special education programs in the county:

  • Students eligible as Moderate Cognitive Impairment (MoCI)
    • Emerson Elementary
    • Ionia Middle School
    • Ionia High School
  • Students eligible as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
    • Westwood Elementary (Portland)
    • Ionia Middle School
    • Lakewood High School
    • Transition Program, Orchard Hills (Belding)
  • Students eligible as Severely Emotionally Impaired (SEI):
    • Elementary & Secondary, both located at Freedom Acres School
  • Students eligible as Severely Cognitively Impaired (SCI):
    • Three classroom levels located at Freedom Acres School
  • Transition Programs for students who have met their high school requirements, but not ready for the working/post-secondary world. All of them are located in downtown Ionia.

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