The Independence School District’s Special Services Department is available to connect students requiring special services with educational opportunities to help them reach their goals.

The Independence School District believes that all students can learn and strives to create environments where students thrive.  Special education is heavily regulated and students must meet federal and Missouri state criteria and demonstrate the need for specialized services to be eligible.  If all of the requirements are met, the team may move forward with development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Qualifying students are provided Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Services are available to students with:

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Young child with a developmental delay
  • Visual impairment/blindness
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Speech and language impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Autism
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Hearing impairment/deafness
  • Other health impairments

Sherry Potter
Director of Special Services

Amy Chappell
Assistant Director of Special Services

Lisa Allen
Special Services Secretary