BOSSIER EVALUATION CENTER GETS STUDENT READY TO RACE
Peydan Brown is fast. Just ask Platt Principal Cathy Turner, where the third grader regularly rolls down the hallways in her wheelchair. Put her on a track and Peydan really picks up speed.
Thanks to employees at Bossier Schools’ Evaluation Center, the 9-year-old hopes to become a real speed demon.
Wheelchair racing is one of Peydan’s passions, in addition to shotput, javelin and discus. In fact, she set the national record last year in the National Junior Disability Championships for the discus. In July, she hopes to break her record and set new ones when she competes in the 60, 100 and 200 meter races among others.
Peydan is part of Louisiana’s Team GUMBO and is the only representative from Bossier Parish to compete in the 2014 Nationals, being held in Iowa. She needs a new race chair, though, and that motivated the Evaluation Center to take action.
“This child has demonstrated she’s a winner at every level,” said Gisele Proby-Bryant, Director of Special Education, which is housed at the Evaluation Center. “This is our way of paying it forward.”
After hearing Peydan needed help purchasing a new race chair for the nationals, employees at the Evaluation Center pooled together their money to become her gold sponsor. Bryant added It was a natural fit to pitch in as part of Bossier Schools’ district-wide community service initiative “Helping Hearts One Week at a Time.”
Bryant went to Platt to present a check for $225 to Peydan and her parents. It is a huge relief, Peydan’s mom Stacey said.
“It means a lot that the community is supporting her like this,” Brown said, explaining that in addition to upgrading Peydan’s race chair, each family must also pay their own expenses.
“This child who has been identified with special needs has proven barriers don’t interfere when you really want to pursue your dreams,” Bryant said. She then told Peydan, “We know you’ll bring back the gold.”
Watch out Danica Patrick! Peydan Brown will soon be making laps around the track, hopefully at record speed, and setting new national records.
COLLEGE NOW A REALITY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
A major milestone was crossed December 17, 2013 for some previously under-served Bossier Parish students. It was finalized with two signatures.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by Bossier ...more
Do you think your child may be in need of Special Services?
Do you think your child may be gifted or talented?
For additional information, please contact Bossier Parish Child Find @ 318-549-6119.
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WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
Your local school system may be ale to help a child who has a learning problem or disability. With parental permission, services could include:
Free Screening to learn if the child should be tested.
If screening indicates, an evaluation to see what type of help the child may need.
If the evaluation finds the child to need services, services may include free special education instruction, speech services, occupational services, physical therapy services, and /or social work services.
For more information call 549-6119
The Bossier Parish School System provides a continuum of direct, related and support services to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities. Educational opportunities are provided for students ages 3-21 at schools throughout the district. Services include, but are not limited to, gifted, talented, speech, OT, PT, health care, and counseling as well as a rigorous classroom placement to help all students improve and reach their potential.
Bossier Parish Public Schools (BPSB) assures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction of Bossier Parish between the ages of 3 and 21.
BPSB assures that all procedures for the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process are followed.
The Director of Special Education is responsible for the general supervision of identification, location and evaluation of activities/services for students who are suspected of being disabled and for the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities within the jurisdiction of Bossier Parish Public Schools.
Inclusion continues to be the service model “philosophy” in Bossier Parish. Our elementary, middle and high schools have inclusive settings available to serve students if determined by the IEP team as best “placement”. With special education and regular classroom teachers collaborating to provide the most effective instruction for all students, some special education students receive instruction from special education while in a regular classroom.
The inclusion approach enables students with disabilities to remain in the general education classroom via the IEP process. The students receive the expertise of the content teacher AND the expertise of the special education teacher or trained paraprofessional. The teachers work collaboratively to provide all accommodations, and modifications as appropriate for each student. Inclusion improves all students' chances of succeeding in the general curriculum.
Community-Based Education trains special education students through first-hand experience to become self-sufficient and able to function in the community.
All special education teachers have computers in their classrooms. Students also have access to iPads and computers with programs to enhance their learning. Technical assistance with computers and software is available to all special education teachers and related service personnel. The provision of this service assists special education personnel and related service providers in planning for students, teaching students and assessing students more effectively via the computer.