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Colonial Beach Public Schools offer a variety of free special education programs serving children from age 2 through 21.   Colonial Beach Public Schools participates in an ongoing process of locating, evaluating and identifying youth ages 2 through 21 who are disabled and may be in need of special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) or provisions under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This includes wards of the state and those who attend a home-school or private school which are located within the geographic boundaries of the Town of Colonial Beach.  Children with disabilities who turn two on or before September 30 and who have not reached their 22nd birthday by that date can be considered for these programs.

Disabilities which may adversely affect a child’s educational progress include the following:

  • Developmental delay among children ages 2 through 6 who experience a significant delay in physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional, or adaptive development;
  • Autism, a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social integration, generally evident before age 3. Other characteristics are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or changes in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences;
  • Deaf-blindness;
  • Deafness so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification;
  • Hearing impairment, whether permanent or fluctuating;
  • Intellectual disability or significant subaverage general intellectual functioning with deficits in adaptive behavior;
  • Multiple disabilities, including two or more impairments at the same time;
  • Orthopedic impairment; including those caused by congenital anomaly, disease, or other causes such as cerebral palsy;
  • Other health impairments, such as limited strength, vitality, or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems;
  • Emotional disturbance, with one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree: An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors; an inability to build and maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers; inappropriate behavior or feelings; a pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems. The term does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted unless other serious emotional disturbances exist;
  • Specific learning disability, a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or using language, spoken or written, that may manifest in an imperfect ability to listen, write, spell, or do math calculations;
  • Speech and language impairment, a communication disorder, such as stuttering or impaired articulation, language, or voice;
  • Traumatic brain injury, an injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability, psycho-social impairment, or both. This can apply to head injuries that are congenital, degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma;
  • Visual impairment including blindness.

Early warning signs of these disabilities include delays in reaching developmental milestones in early childhood, such as trouble sitting, standing, walking, talking, seeing, hearing, learning or paying attention. Early intervention helps children with disabilities have a better chance to develop.


If your child is currently enrolled in a public school in the Town of Colonial Beach, contact your child’s school if you have concerns about your child’s learning or development.  If your child if not currently enrolled in a public school in the Town of Colonial Beach, please contact the Office of Special Education at 804-214-9035.