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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. It addresses the educational needs of children with disabilities from birth to age 18 or 21[1][2] in cases that involve 14 specified categories of disability.

In defining the purpose of special education, IDEA 2004 clarifies Congress’ intended outcome for each child with a disability: students must be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that prepares them for further education, employment and independent living.[3]

Under IDEA 2004:

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Camille Robinson
Director of Special Services and G/T
District Office Annex
120 Lakeside Drive
Union, SC 29379

Phone:  (864) 429-1735
Fax:  (864) 429-2828
EMail:  crobinson@union.k12.sc.us

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

The IEP is the cornerstone of a student's educational program. It specifies the services to be provided and how often, describes the student's present levels of performance and how the student's disabilities affect academic performance, and specifies accommodations and modifications to be provided for the student.


Section 504

Students with disabilities may be eligible for special education, accommodations, and related services in schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) and/or Section 504. The primary purpose of IDEA is to guide assessment, planning, and the provision of education and related services to students with disabilities. The primary purpose of Section 504 is to prevent discriminatory practices against children with disabilities in public schools. Section 504 protections extend for a lifetime and apply to schools and the full scope of community environments receiving federal funding. Section 504 is more general in its application and is not highly regulated, as it is not designed for programming purposes but to prevent discrimination. It is possible for children to qualify for accommodations in schools under Section 504 but not be eligible for special education and related services delineated in IDEA. A person with a disability under Section 504 is: .... any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Building a Tradition of Excellence

Welcome to Union County Schools Office of Special Services and Gifted and Talented



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Gifted and Talented Program

Identification Process

Academic Program: All students are screened with regard to aptitude and achievement. Census testing  (testing every student) for both aptitude an achievement is administered to all second grade students. Students may also be identified a academically gifted and talented if the meet the criteria in two of three dimensions.

Dimension A: Reasoning ability (Aptitude). Student meet or exceeds the 93rd national age percentile in at least one or a composite of three areas: verbal/linguistic, quantitative/mathematical, and nonverbal.

Note: Students who meet or exceed the 9th national age percentile composite score on an individual or group aptitude test in grades 3-12 are not required to met any additional criteria.

Dimension B: High Achievement in Reading or Mathematics. Student meets or exceeds the 94th national percentile on a nationally normed assessment instrument or meets the 2013 qualifying PASS scores on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Test (PASS).

Dimension C: Intellectual/Academic Performance. Student in grades 3-6 meets or exceeds the performance standards from Project STAR's performance-based verbal and non-verbal assessment task, or student in grades 7-12 meets or exceeds a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.


Referral Procedures

Academic Programs: Anyone may nominate a student for our District's academic gifted and talented programs. The referral period is November and December of each year. Referral forms can be obtained from guidance counselors, lead GT teachers, the GT Coordinator and our website. Screening is an ongoing process.

Artistic Programs:  Anyone may nominate a student for out District's artistic gifted and talented programs. The referral period is December of each year. Referral forms can be from guidance counselors, lead GT teachers, the GT Coordinator and our website.

Artistically gifted ant talented students are identified by means of four-step process including referral, recommendation, demonstration, and placement.  Students can be referred by teachers, administrators, parents, or peers in addition to self-referrals.



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Union County Schools Main Site

Categories of Disabilities

* Autism



*Hearing Impairment

*Intellectual Disability

*Developmental Delay

*Multiple Disabilities

*Orthopedic Impairment

*Other Health Impairment

*Emotional Disturbance

*Specific Learning Disability

*Speech or Language Impairment

*Traumatic Brain Injury

*Visual Impairment including Blindness

Child Find/PreSchool Clinic

Child Find can help if you think your child has a delay in any area of development. Child Find assists families of children (age three years and older) who may have special needs by helping them find services to reach their full potential. For information regarding a referral to the Child Find program through your local school district, please follow these steps:


1. Call the Union County School District at 864-429-1735 or 1-866-SC-Find-1.

2. Tell them that you have a concern about your child (for example, with their walking, talking, behavior, or learning), and you would like more information regarding an evaluation for him/her.


PreSchool Clinic is conducted monthly at the District Office Annex the first Friday of each month unless otherwise specified.


Please contact of our office at 864-429-1735 if you have any questions or concerns.

Qualifications for Special Services

The Union County School District implements the Response to Intervention (RTI)  process to determine qualifications for Special Services.


is a method of academic intervention used to provide early, systematic assistance to children who are having difficulty learning. RTI seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and increasingly intensive research-based instructional interventions for children who continue to have difficulty.


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