Special Education

Special Education Vision Statement
We believe ALL students can learn.  Menomonie Special Education provides programming that is inclusive, collaborative and individualized to meet the needs of our students. School, parent and community partnerships are essential to foster the strengths and potential of each student to become resilient, independent citizens.

Special Education provides comprehensive and individualized programs for students with disabilities. Services are provided to students ages three through high school and to some students until age 21. Approximately, 490 students currently benefit from these services. Students are identified in accordance with Federal and State laws governing public schools. The Special Education Department provides specialized instruction and physical education, related services and supplementary services based on the student's written plan called an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Students with the following impairments AND have a need for special education may receive special education services.
  • Autism (A)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SL)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Significant Developmental Delay – ages 3-9 only (SDD)

Individual Education Plan Team
A student's disabilities and needs are determined by an Individual Education Plan Team comprised of individuals familiar with the student and knowledgeable in special education.  Teams may  include: general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, parents, related services personnel and school administrators.  This team determines if a student qualifies as a student with a disability and what services are needed. 
Further questions regarding special education services can be directed to Tonia Kowieski, Director of Student Services at 715-233-3217.