Services for Children with Disabilities

Our enrollment must show that children with disabilities are 10% of the total enrollment in both programs.  We intentionally recruit children with any disability through our flyers and all recruitment efforts.  Once a child is enrolled in the program, the following steps are followed:

ALL enrolled children are screened for developmental, social-emotional, and health concerns within 45 days of enrollment.  Screening tools used are the ASQ, ASQ-S/E, Speed DIAL 4, Developmental Profile, and the Preschool Developmental Profile.  Vision and Hearing are screened with machines by the health staff.  If speech and/or language are concerns, the Education-Disabilities Specialist (EDS) will administer the Acu-Screen Speech and Language Module in an interview with the parent, or the child may have received a screening by another agency previous to entry to our program.

If the child does not have an age-appropriate score on the developmental and/or the social emotional screen, a discussion is held with the parent, teacher/home visitor, Area Services Manager (ASM) and the EDS to determine if the child needs to be rescreened in 2 weeks, or if the child should be referred for services.

If the child is referred for services to Birth to Three EHS (Early Head Start) or the LEA (local education agency) or OST-EI (Oglala Sioux Tribe Early Intervention), they then take over the process with support from Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five staff.  Evaluation is done by specialists in the respective fields of expertise (speech-language pathologist, occupational or physical therapist, or school psychologist).

If the child qualifies for birth to three (Part C of IDEA) or special education services (Part B of IDEA), the referral agency and parent will develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for EHS, or an Individualized Service Plan (IEP) for HS with BHS: P-5 as a partner.

As with all children in BHS: P-5 each child identified as needing special services will receive an education that is developmentally appropriate, exploratory, active, and respectful of her/his language, culture, temperament, and interests and will be fully integrated into all program activities.

Policy Council
Employment Opportunities

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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