P. O. BOX 2120
March 12, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
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

  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
               ment will be sent to the superintendent's