Special Education Programs

  • The New Albany Special Education Department is committed to providing a comprehensive and seamless continuum of high- quality services for students with disabilities that facilitates the students' academic and social/emotional growth. We are currently serving more than 600 students with disabilities through Individual Education Program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) and Section 504 Plans under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    It is the policy of the New Albany-Plain Local School District not to discriminate, in violation of Federal or State law, on the basis of a disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in, any service, program, or activity sponsored by the New-Albany-Plain Local Schools.

    Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with this policy or the nondiscrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should be directed to:

    Sheila Saunders, District Special Education Director
    55 N. High Street, New Albany, OH 43054

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Child Find

  • New Albany-Plain Local School District is reaching out to families in our community that may have a child with special needs. Public schools are required by Federal and State law to evaluate any child from age birth to 21 suspected to have a disability. Special education services are available through the public schools for children ages 3 through 21 identified with a disability. If you have a child or know of a child you suspect may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact the Special Education Coordinator in your child’s school building or Sheila Saunders, District Special Education Director, at (614) 855-2040.


  • Each building has a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team. These teams are structured to help support students who are experiencing learning challenges through the implementation of classroom interventions. These interventions are designed by the building MTSS team to positively impact the student’s educational performance in the general curriculum. Parents who have concerns about their child’s educational progress should contact their child’s principal, counselor, or classroom teacher to schedule an appointment to discuss those concerns. Sometimes the interventions designed by the team are not enough to meet the needs of an individual student. Based upon the student’s response to the interventions or the student’s apparent need for specialized instruction, the student may be referred as a possible candidate for special education.

Students with Disabilities

  • Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5) who have been identified as having moderate to severe developmental delays in the areas of communication, motor, adaptive behavior, social-emotional, vision, hearing, or cognitive skills. A child who is at least 3 years of age and not yet 6 years of age who meets the definition of a child with a disability or, at the choice of the school district, is a child who is (a) experiencing developmental delays in one of more of the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development and (b) who, because of it, needs special education and related services.

    School Age (ages 6-21) students who have been identified as having one of the following disability conditions:

    • Autism
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Deafness
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech or Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment