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ArtSpace Exceptional Children’s Program

ArtSpace Charter School provides Exceptional Children’s services to qualifying children with disabilities who require assistance to benefit from the regular school program.  The Exceptional Children’s program at ArtSpace strives to serve each child with a disability in the regular classroom using an inclusion model to the greatest extent possible.  ArtSpace also provides a full continuum of support for students who need more intensive support to access the curriculum.

Child Find

ArtSpace Charter School follows all state and federal regulations governing locating and identifying children with disabilities who are in need of special education services and related services. This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education and informing parents and or guardians of the Child Find Process and the services available from ArtSpace Charter School, local school systems, and other state and community agencies. The EC coordinator and EC staff assist with communication between home, school, and community services.

NC Departments of Public Instruction Child Find Posters are posted on the Community Board in the main lobby and brochures are available in the main office. For more information, contact Rob Sine.

Special Education Services

ArtSpace develops and implements Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students eligible for services to ensure every student has free and appropriate access to education. The program includes related services such as occupational and speech therapy when deemed necessary by the child’s IEP team.

Parents of students with identified disabilities should contact the EC Program Coordinator, Rob Sine upon enrollment.

Parents who suspect their child may have a disability may contact Rob Sine or their child’s Homeroom teacher to request further evaluation.

Family Resources:

Family Support Network

 “Family Support” helps families with a child who has special needs access services and supports. Family support is a community-based approach that increases the strength and resilience of families, supports parents as they help their children with special needs achieve their full potential, and improves community providers’ capacity to serve families with children who have special needs.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center

ECAC is dedicated to empowering families and improving lives, particularly for North Carolina families raising children ages 0 to 26 with disabilities. As a non-profit organization operated by and staffed primarily with parents of children with disabilities, we understand the needs of families as they navigate the special education process. We are here to assist all children in accessing a free and appropriate education.

Autism Society of NC

The Autism Society of North Carolina improves the lives of individuals with autism, supports their families, and educates communities.

Academic Websites

Raz-kids

Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes.

Kahn Academy

You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.

Legal Documents

Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education

It is important that you understand the Procedural Safeguards (legal rights) provided for you and your child with a disability. In this document, you will find a new section in more user-friendly language that summarizes the rights and responsibilities of parents in the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources for parents are found in the appendices.

Student Support Coordinator

Rob Sine – 298.2787, ext 623

Case Managers

Simone Randazzo – Kindergarten – 4th grade; phone – 298.2787, ext 306
Terri Fletcher – 5th – 6th grade; phone 298.2787, ext 635
Chelsey Leiby – 7th – 8th grade; phone – 298.2787, ext 635
Eric Florence – Intensive Intervention

Behavior Specialist

Amy McDuffie – Phone – 298.2787, ext 603

Exceptional Children’s Teaching Assistants

Tara Reese
Clay Magidson
Hal Smith

Student Support Assistant

Jake Ware

Related Service Providers

Beth Watman – Speech Language Pathologist
Carolina Pediatric Therapy – Occupational Therapy Contractor