Our goal in MMSD is to ensure all students with disabilities receive their federally guaranteed free, appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment, thus promoting inclusive schooling.  Student services advances a diverse, expansive continuum of services and placements essential for both IDEA adherence, and for realizing inclusive schooling.  MMSD also offers an array of services to students with disabilities attending private and parochial schools. Special education services are provided in all of our schools so that students may receive the services they need in their home schools.  Once a student is evaluated, and determined to have a disability & require special education, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed that describes what services the student will require. Services may include: 

Assistive Technology

Federal Definition ~ “Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.”

Case Management

Each student who qualifies for special education services will be assigned a teacher who is responsible for the coordination, implementation of the student's specialized program, including reevaluating at least every three years and updating the annual IEP.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing -

Students who meet criteria for Hearing Impairment established in PI 11.36 in the Wisconsin Administrative Code may receive services of a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing directly at a center-based program or indirectly in their home school from an itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Early Childhood- 

The goal of the Madison Metropolitan School District Early Childhood Special Education program is to provide comprehensive screening to children ages 3-5, to evaluate children using multiple assessment measures and thus implement quality Special Education services to children who qualify for Special Education in a variety of natural environments, including Preschool Community Childcare Services.

Extended School Year

ESY services are services provided during times when schools are otherwise not in session. ESY services are determined on an individual basis and are necessary for providing FAPE to a child (consider whether student progress made during a school year would be significantly jeopardized if student does not receive ESY during the summer) to prevent regression or to help maintain acquisition of a skill during a critical stage of learning.

Health Services -

Health services provide a holistic health perspective related to the physical, mental and social emotional health of students. The School Nurse is responsible for coordinating and managing health needs of individual students during the school day as well as promoting health and safety for all students.

Occupational Therapy &/or Physical Therapy - 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes occupational therapy and physical therapy as related services. 

Program Modifications and Supports

Program modifications and supports are services or activities needed by teachers and other school personnel to provide services to students with disabilities.

Psychological Services

School psychologists serve many roles in the Madison Metropolitan School District. We can be found observing classrooms, working on targeted skills with groups of students, testing in the one-on-one setting, and any number of other functions within a school

Social Work Services -

The school social worker is a core member of the school’s integrated pupil services team; this team works collaboratively, in partnership with teachers, administrators, families, and community organizations, to design and deliver a comprehensive, coordinated, and customized system of student supports

Specially Designed Instruction

Specially designed instruction includes instruction by a special education teacher in any of the core academic areas. Specially designed instruction adapts the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the student.

Speech and Language -

Speech and language services in public schools are provided to children ages 3 - 21. In the Madison Metropolitan School District, Speech/Language Pathologists are assigned to provide services to children in each school building. 

Supplementary Aids and Services

These are the services and supports provided to students in the general education setting to enable students to be successful in the general education environment to the maximum extent possible.

Transition Services -

Transition services help students with disabilities and their families think about their life after high school and identify long-range goals designing the high school experience to ensure that students gain the skills and connections they need to achieve these goals.

Transportation -

Some students with disabilities may receive “specialized transportation” as part of either their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan (504 Plan).  In order to be eligible for specialized transportation, an IEP team or 504 team must determine that specialized transportation is a service that is required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from special education or is required to provide equal access to the regular education environment.

Vision -

The Vision Department will provide opportunities for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, to develop the skills necessary to lead vocationally, personally, socially satisfying, productive and more independent lives through the use of assistive technology, braille, expanded core curriculum, travel skills, etc. so they are community, career and college ready.

Parent's consent to bill Medicaid provides millions in additional revenue to school districts by billing Wisconsin Medicaid for medically necessary services provided in school for eligible children. 

Staff ~ see IEP Program Summary Guide