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Canal Winchester

Local Schools

Special Services

Canal Winchester Local Schools provides services to students ages 3 through 21 who are identified as having disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These disabilities include autism, cognitive disabilities, multiple disabilities, specific learning disabilities, other health impairment, orthopedic impairment, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, speech/language impairment, deaf-blindness, and developmental delays (for ages 3-5).

Child Find
As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, the Canal Winchester Local School District assumes responsibility for the location, identification, and evaluation of all children ages of 3 through 21 who reside in the district and who require special education and related services. This includes students who are advancing from grade to grade; enrolled by their parents in private elementary or secondary schools, including religious schools, located in our District; wards of the state and children who are highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children; and whom are home-schooled. 

  • If you know of a child with a disability, or have a child suspected of having a disability, who is not currently receiving appropriate educational or related services, please contact the Special Services office at (614) 920-2689.  
For eligible students, special education services are provided in accordance with Ohio’s Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities and the Special Education Model Policies and Procedures. Services are provided along a continuum of setting options aimed at keeping students in their Least Restrictive Environment, or in the regular classroom environment to the maximum extent possible. Services are written into an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is reviewed annually. Any related services the student requires such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Nursing Services, Transportation, Counseling, and Physical Therapy are incorporated into the IEP.

Special Education Resources

CW Community Resources family resources rev 9 27 21.pdf
Help Me Grow – Ohio’s Early Intervention System   http://www.ohiohelpmegrow.org/
Ohio Department of Education  http://education.ohio.gov/Parents
Ohio Department of Education Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education CLICK HERE 
Ohio Department of Education Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education in various languages  CLICK HERE 
U.S. Department of Education: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act   https://sites.ed.gov/idea/
ODE Surrogate Parent Training  http://parentsurrogate.edresourcesohio.org/
Comparison of Rights under IDEA & Chapter 3323 to the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship  CLICK HERE 
Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program Fact Sheet  CLICK HERE    
Ohio Autism Scholarship Program Fact Sheet  CLICK HERE  
Doe vs State of Ohio (Consent Order & Public Notice) CLICK HERE
Parent Medicaid School Program Consent
Ohio School Medicaid Program’s Annual Notification to Parents (PDF)
Section 504 Information and Parent Rights (PDF)
Special Services Department
100 Washington Street
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
(614) 837-4533



Dr. Brooke Hippler
Special Education Supervisor
Email Dr. Brooke Hippler 

Mrs. Lora Stevenson
Administrative Assistant, Special Services
Email Lora Stevenson

Mrs. Maleea Anderson
Preschool Coordinator
 District Representative
Winchester Trail
Mrs. Tracy Gilkey
District Representative
Indian Trail, Middle School, Out-of-District

Mr. Tim Kovacs
Transition Coordinator
 District Representative
High School
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