The Louisiana Special Education Center (LSEC), located in Alexandria, provides an education for cerebral palsied or physically handicapped students who, because of their physical condition, are not able to progress in the public schools. The qualification for entrance into the school is that students be diagnosed as orthopedically handicapped, and that they be between the ages of two and twenty-five years. The school is under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The Center is organized into three program areas: Administration, Instruction, and Residential. The budget for the Center is summarized in the table below.
Instructional Services provides educational services through a total program designed to "mainstream" or return the individual to his or her home parish as a contributor to society. Programming accommodates each student's needs based on an "Individualized Educational Plan" (IEP), developed to ensure that the student will be least restricted in attaining his or her potential for educational growth. LSEC is accredited by the Louisiana Department of Education. The curriculum is highly individualized and includes training in academic areas such as reading and writing, mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, music, arts and crafts, and health and physical education. Instruction utilizing computers and manual and electronic communications devices is also provided at LSEC.
The Residential Services component provides total residential care, training, and specialized treatment services to orthopedically handicapped individuals to maximize self-help skills for independent living. This program provides the services necessary to provide a homelike atmosphere for students and to help them develop as much independence as possible.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR CHILDREN
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