Physical and Health Impairments


Program for Students with Physical & Health Impairments
Related and Specialized Services
San Diego Unified School District

 

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Vision Statement

The Program for Students with Physical & Health Impairments serves a wide variety of students who are physically or health impaired (including brain injury), from infancy through age 22. It is the vision of the program to support district curriculum and enable all students with physical or health impairments to attain their fullest potential.

Mission Statement

The vision is accomplished through the utilization of individualized educational or behavioral strategies, specialized technology, equipment, and materials. Collaboration with family, district personnel, medical specialists, and agencies is an integral part of the program. The primary goal of the Program for Students with Physical & Health Impairments is to provide the best supports and services for maximizing individual students’ educational and social growth and independence.

Objectives of the PHI Program

1.  Students who are Physically or Health Impaired:

  •  Will be provided with a variety of educational options including, but not limited to, general education classes with PHI itinerant teacher support, resource rooms, separate classroom (with instruction provided by a PHI credentialed teacher), non-public schools, or state residential schools.
  • Will have access to appropriate accommodations, and assistive technology that meet their individual needs, such as; word processors, alternative computer input devices and software, augmentative and alternative communication devices, additional equipment and devices as necessary to ensure appropriate access throughout the educational environment.
  • Will meet Common Core State Standards unless the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines that differential proficiency standards are appropriate to the needs and potential of a student.
  • Will be tested using standardized assessments to determine that grade level expectations are being met or to determine a level consistent with the student’s ability.
  • Will be capable of being productive, employable adults who possess independent living skills upon graduation from high school with either a diploma or letter of recognition.
  • Will be encouraged to continue their education beyond high school.
  • Will be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities and/or community activities.

2.  Administrators, teachers and support staff in the PHI Program:

  • Will be appropriately credentialed.
  • Will challenge all students to function at their highest level.
  • Will ensure that the goals and objectives listed on the student’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) are implemented.
  • Will demonstrate appropriate communication skills to effectively communicate with the student and school staff, and possess the educational knowledge and background specific to the field of education and support for students with physical and health impairments.
  • Will support the curriculum and instruction of the State Common Core Standards and or CAPA standards.
  • Will work collaboratively with the general education staff and related services in order to ensure that each student’s educational and psycho-social needs are met.

3.  Classified personnel who work with students in the PHI Program:

  • Will have the necessary communication skills appropriate to their assignment and will be knowledgeable about the individual needs of students with physical or health impairments.
  • Will be become familiar with students’ use of assistive technology devices and support the use of this technology in students’ instructional environment.
  • Will continually seek to maximize student independence and preserve student dignity.

4. Parents of students receiving services in the PHI Program:

  • Will be encouraged to participate in district parent education programs including the following: curriculum and standards, program options and services, basic technology instruction, transition options, parent services, community resources, legal rights and IFSP, IEP and ITP development.
  • Will be actively involved in their child’s educational program with the goal of maximizing their child’s potential and success.

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