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 information on the web site 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.

    The special education process is long and complicated. 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 the 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 2015-2016 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 Ana Hulbert in the Special Education department at 480-484-5074 or email ahulbert@susd.org

Contact Us

  • Margaret Rehberg
    Executive Director of Special Education 

    Dr. Linda Brake
    Director of Special Education 

    Chelsey Branham
    Coordinator

    Catherine Devers 
    Coordinator

    Marcy Moreno
    Executive Administrative Assistant
    480-484-5070

    Special Education Department Directory


    Proportionate Share
    Public Meeting
    Sep. 24, 2021
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     
    Staff and parents of students who are parentally placed at private schools or who are home schooled are welcome to join us for a meeting to share information about federal funding, discuss the process of Child Find, and determine supports and services available for students who are found eligible with a disability. 

    Please fax Special Education record requests to:

    480-484-5106

    Attention: Ana Hulbert


    The Special Education department is here to support you!