The WilMac Multidistrict Special Education Unit believes in the inherent worth and individuality of each and every child. The WilMac Unit believes in the right of every child to grow into a respected, functioning member of society. The role of the school is to provide instruction that will prepare each child to the best of his or her ability. This presumes consideration for the needs of the whole child and implies attention to the following areas:
· access to the general education curriculum,
· parent involvement,
· problem-solving skills,
· social skills and emotional well-being,
· discipline and behavior issues,
· skills necessary for gainful employment at a level appropriate to the individual student,
· other skills that will increase the ability of the student to live in an increasingly complex world.
The WilMac Multidistrict Special Education Unit believes that this philosophy includes the right of every student, regardless of any disabling condition, to receive a free and appropriate education in his/her least restrictive environment.
The WilMac Multidistrict Special Education Unit was formed for the purpose of providing services necessary for appropriate educational programs for children identified as having a disability under the rules and regulations of P.L. 108-446 (IDEA 2004) which is the most recent amendment of P.L. 94-142. The WilMac Unit currently serves approximately 700 students within 12 school districts in Northwestern North Dakota. To ensure student success the Special Education Unit is an element of a whole system service delivery model that offers a wide range of services. These services are individually designed to enable students with disabilities to benefit from their educational programs. Direct and indirect services may include programming for Autism, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, intellectual impairments, and preschool services. Related services may include speech and language, psychological, physical, and occupational therapy.