The Federal Department of Education has required that all states have panels of people who are appointed to determine the unmet needs of students with disabilities.
Julie Heil of Buffalo is the current Chair of the Wyoming Advisory Panel on Students with Disabilities, and she explains what students would fall under the heading of “disabled.”
The disabilities can also be emotional, which might inform behavior that one would initially think of as “bad” or “misbehaving,” when in fact that student may suffer from bi-polar disorder or severe depression, which would affect their ability to be productive students.
Heil says the panel is always looking for more parents to be involved.
Heil says that overall, Wyoming does a great job of providing strong educational environments for students with disabilities, but it is the emotional arena that remains a challenge.
The WAPSD meets eight to nine times per year. Four of those are two-day meetings in various locations around Wyoming; the remainder are done virtually. The next meeting will be held June 21st in Buffalo at the Johnson County School District Administration Building. Public comments will be taken at 4 pm.
To learn more about the work the panel does, click here: http://www.wpic.org/WAPSD