Special Education

Special education is governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)and is defined as “specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.” Federal Government IDEA Site

In Maine, the rule chapter that is specific to the education of children with disabilities is Maine Department of Education Regulations, Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty (MUSER).

Maine Special Education Regulation (PDF, 755KB).

Child Find Notice

The Yarmouth School Department has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in the District who qualifies for Special Education services. Children eligible for special education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, or developmental delay and who, because of such impairment, need special education services. If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services, or if you would like additional information, please contact the Instructional Strategist in your child's building, or call the Director of Instructional Support.

Parent/Student Procedural Safeguards

State of Maine Special Education Site

Yarmouth School Department District Staff

Jodi McGuire - Director of Instructional Support

Tabitha Gaither - Administrative Assistant to the Director of Instructional Support

Suzanne Jones - School Psychologist

Suzanne Botana - School Psychologist

Yarmouth School Department Contracted Service Providers

James Moran Ed.D - School Psychologist

Kerry Volk - Physical Therapist

Jessie Moon - Board Certified Behavioral Analyst



FREE Evening at the Museum & Theatre

142 Free St, Portland ME

Saturday, March 3rd, from 6 - 8 PM

SPARK for Autism of Northern New England invites children with autism and their parents to spend an evening at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. To reserve your spot, contact Laurie Raymond, SPARK Research Coordinator, at 207-661-7620 or by email at sparknne@mmc.org

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Maine Parent Federation newsletter:

Parent Connection

Online Workshops

Maine Parent Federation, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education, Special Services, recently developed three workshops for parents. These workshops focus on Literacy, Math, and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and will help parents understand best practices.

Math:  http://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/p43i6o4h8yj

Literacy:  http://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/p79n7fenogi

LRE:  http://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.c om/p4mn9xe6dpl