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The students in Trumbull County Educational Service Center's (TCESC) multiple disabilities education program possess severe cognitive disabilities. The children's diagnoses include, but are not limited to, severe developmental delay; autism; visual impairment; orthopedic disabilities; hearing disabilities; severe speech and language impairment; and health handicaps such as seizure disorders.

  • The program is a cooperative effort of school districts throughout Trumbull County. It serves approximately 145 students in 17 different units throughout the county.
  • There are six to eight students in each classroom. Three adults - a teacher, and 2 assistants  - are assigned to every class. The teacher possesses a certificate to teach multihandicapped children with moderate to intense needs. The assistant does not design lessons, but helps implement lessons and keeps students focused on learning. The assistants attend to the physical needs of the children. 
  • Conducting this program within the public schools allows the multihandicapped children to develop socialization skills as they are integrated with children in traditional classrooms.
  • Children are bused to the closest unit via Community Busing Services. An adult attendant assists the children while they are on the bus.
  • TCESC provides the children with all types of therapy including speech and language; occupational therapy; physical therapy; vision services; orientation and mobility; and adaptive physical education.
  • Each student receives an individual assessment and Individualized Education Program (IEP), which serves as a roadmap for instruction. 
  • TCESC staff conducts caretaking tasks, such as tube feeding and seizure care, that a physician allows to be performed by a lay person. The parents and school nurse train staff individually for each child. In many cases, TCESC staff members visit a child's home to learn caretaking responsibilities in a comfortable environment. A unit for medically involved children is also available in a separate facility at Fairhaven School of Niles, Ohio.
  • The program takes a functional academic approach to teaching daily living skills. The curriculum centers on skills that will help the children to function in the community. For example, students visit the grocery store, search for specific items and conduct monetary transactions. They focus on accomplishing just small portions of an entire activity.

For additional information, contact Michelle Tul, supervisor, Trumbull County Educational Service Center, at 330-505-2800 ext. 145.
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Michelle Tul, supervisor of multiple disabilities program
Phone: 330-505-2800 ext. 145
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6000 Youngstown Warren Rd.  Niles, OH  44446-4603
Phone: 330.505.2800  Fax: 330.505.2814
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