• Notification of Mandatory Special Education Act

    Public Act 198 of 1971, the Mandatory Special Education Act, establishes the right of persons with disabilities, from birth through the age of 25, to equal opportunity within the public schools.


    THIS MEANS THAT CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DO NOT NEED TO WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE SCHOOL AGE TO BENEFIT FROM SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES.


    It is important that help be obtained for those with disabilities at the earliest possible age. In the State of Michigan, this help is free and available through your public schools. A team of educational specialists evaluates the child to determine the type and degree of disability and the best program placement. This evaluation often includes medical specialists.


    Pre-primary Special Education services are available for the: MENTALLY IMPAIRED, EMOTIONALLY IMPAIRED, PHYSICALLY AND OTHERWISE HEALTH IMPAIRED (POHI), HEARING IMPAIRED, VISUALLY IMPAIRED, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE IMPAIRED, and SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABLED


    So, if you have, or know of, a pre-school child who may benefit from these services, call:

  • Matt Goebel, Assistant Superintendent of Achievement
    Hastings Area School System
    232 W. Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058
    269-948-4400