SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 14
March 12, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Senate Joint Resolution 170 Survey|
In 1990 the Virginia legislature established the Commission on the Coordination of the Delivery of Services to Facilitate the Self-Sufficiency and Support for Persons with Physical and Sensory Disabilities. This Commission, known as the Disability Commission, is currently conducting an evaluation of its work over the past ten years, as directed by Senate Joint Resolution 170 of 1998. One important part of this evaluation is to assess the unmet service needs of persons with physical and sensory disabilities, especially the future needs of adolescents who will soon be leaving public schools. The Department of Education has been asked to assist with this evaluation. For this reason, we are asking that you disseminate the attached surveys to the parents of students, ages 16 years and older, with the following disabilities: Hearing Impairments (HI), Speech and Language Impairments (SLI), Visual Impairments (VI), Orthopedic Impairments (OI), Other Health Impairments (OHI), Autism (AUT), Deaf-Blindness (DB), Multiple Disabilities (MD) and Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI). Please note again, the surveys are to go to parents of students with the above disabilities ONLY FOR STUDENTS AGES 16 AND OLDER. A listing of the total number of students with the targeted disabilities, AGES 16 AND OLDER, reported by your division on the December 1, 1998, Special Education Child Count is also attached. Extra surveys will be provided for students identified after December 1, 1998. If you need additional information or have questions regarding the dissemination of this survey, please call Mr. Paul Raskopf at 804-225-2080. If you receive any calls from parents about completing the survey, please direct those calls to Ms. Liz Getzel, Virginia Commonwealth University at 804-828-1851. Please note, the surveys will be returned directly to Virginia Commonwealth University. There is no school division responsibility once the surveys have been disseminated. PDS/pjr Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.