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Special Education

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  • Elkhart Community Schools operates a comprehensive special education program for students with disabilities, ages 3 through 22. Special education services are coordinated and administered within the Department of Exceptional Learners. Operating in accordance with Indiana Article 7, which governs the provision of special education, Elkhart Community Schools provides services that encompass a continuum of services. These services range from consultation to resource rooms to self-contained classrooms, depending on the individual needs of the students identified as having a disability.
  • For early intervention, Elkhart Community Schools offers the PACE (Preschool Assisting Children’s Education) Program, a public service available to children aged 3-5 who may be in need of special services. The early years of child development are critical to future success, and PACE aims to provide early intervention that can help children successfully grow and further their education. For more information about our PACE Preschool Program, please click here.
  • Children who are served through the ECS Special Education program include those with the following special needs:
    • Autism
    • Communication Disorders
    • Developmental Delays
    • Dual Sensory Impairment
    • Emotional Disabilities
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Mental Handicaps
    • Multiple Handicaps
    • Orthopedic Impairments
    • Other Health Impairments
    • Speech Delays
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment
  • Special Education Forms and Procedures (currently under construction and review)
  • Special Education Resources
    • If you believe your child may qualify for special education services or you would like additional information about programs offered, please contact Charrell Stevens in Exceptional Learners at 574-262-5861.

Special Education

Exceptional Learners
J.C. Rice Educational Services Center
2720 California Road
Elkhart, IN 46514

Tony England, Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Learners
574-262-5861
aengland@elkhart.k12.in.us

Lindsey Cox, Director of Special Programs
574-262-5568
lcox@elkhart.k12.in.us

Lindsey Brander, Director of Special Programs
574-262-5542
lbrander@elkhart.k12.in.us

Cindy Pinkowski, Autism Coordinator
574-262-5726
cpinkowski@elkhart.k12.in.us

Rickie Meyers, Dyslexia Coordinator
574-262-5921
rmeyers@elkhart.k12.in.us

Charrell Stevens, Secretary to Asst. Superintendent of Exceptional Learners
574-262-5861
cstevens@elkhart.k12.in.us

Lori Disselberger, Secretary
574-262-5867
ldisselberger@elkhart.k12.in.us