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Special Education

Welcome to Special Education

Parent involvement in program development, support services and school and home collaboration is very important to us. We hope you find the information on the website helpful. 

What to Do if You Have Academic Concerns

All people learn at different rates, and have areas of strength and areas of weakness. Some students have such weaknesses that make it difficult for them to access the general education curriculum, interfering with their academic progress. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that sets guidelines for schools to ensure all students receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), as required by law. Below is a brief description of the process for providing a student with special education services. 

It is designed to take a thorough look into significantly struggling students to gain a better understanding of exactly where they are struggling and why.  When we have this specific understanding of students, we can figure out how best to meet their needs. It can be a very intimidating experience for students and families, but the teachers and special education teams work hard to help families through each step with the ultimate goal of creating happy, self-confident life-long learners.

Special Education is defined by specially designed instruction developed to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability.  Students with disabilities are those students evaluated and found eligible as having;

  • Autism 
  • Development Delay (until age 10) 
  • Emotional Disability 
  • Hearing Impairment 
  • Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disability 
  • Multiple Disabilities 
  • Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment 
  • Orthopedic Impairment 
  • Other Health Impairments 
  • Preschool Severe Delay 
  • Specific Learning Disability 
  • Speech/Language Impairment (including preschool age) 
  • Severe Intellectual Disability 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Visual Impairment

Special Education Services

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Behavior Management
  • Academic - Social Emotional
  • High School Transition Specialists
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Vision Impaired
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Preschool Program PANDA

Destruction of Records

Special Education records are destroyed five (5) years after a student has withdrawn, transferred, graduated or been exited from special education services at Scottsdale Unified School District.  This year, we will be destroying the records of students who left the district or exited services in the 2018-2019 school year.  If you are a parent or student and need a copy of your student’s special education records for any reason, e.g., social security benefits, please contact Lynda Tilden in the Special Education department at 480-484-5074 or email

Contact Us

Dr. Brooke Williams
Director of Special Education 

Bethany Budd
Lead Coordinator

Stacey Boucher

Adam Eslinger

Donna Ramsey
Executive Administrative Assistant

Special Education
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Records Requests

Please fax or email Special Education record requests to:
Attention: Lynda Tilden

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