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Trumbull County Educational Service Center's (TCESC) multiple disabilities education program serves students with simultaneous impairments, the combination of which causes severe educational needs that they cannot be accomodated in a special education program solely for one impairment.  This includes a severe or profound deficit in communication or adaptive behavior documented through the use of individually administered standardized instruments which have been validated for the specific purpose of measuring communication or adaptive behavior.

  • The program is a cooperative effort of school districts throughout Trumbull County. It serves approximately 155 students in 19 different units throughout the county.  This includes an autism classroom, medically fragile classroom, a classroom at TCTC and a low incidence high school transition classroom.
  • There are eight students in each classroom. Three adults - a teacher, and 2 assistants  - are assigned to every class. The teacher possesses a certificate to teach children with mild/moderate to moderate/intense needs. The assistants do not design lessons, but helps implement lessons and keeps students focused on learning. The assistants attend also to the physical and medical needs of the students.
  • Conducting this program within the public schools allows the multihandicapped children to develop socialization skills as they are integrated with children in traditional classrooms.
  • Students are transported to units via Community Busing Services or the school district if attending a classroom within their home school district.
  • TCESC provides the students therapy determined by the IEP team, including speech and language; occupational therapy; physical therapy; vision services; orientation and mobility; and adaptive physical education. 
  • An Evaluation Team Report determines the disability category and needs of 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 using a modified curriculum. The curriculum centers on extended content standards.  The modified curriculum is consistent throughout all classrooms. 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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