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Welcome to Seymour Community Schools Special Education!

Welcome to the world of Special Education for Seymour Community Schools.  My name is Mika Ahlbrand  and I am the Director of Special Education.  Before becoming the Director, I was a Special Education Teacher for 10 years and also taught 1st Grade at Jackson Elementary School.
We offer special services for students ages 3-22.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Special Education in Seymour:

Mika's Contact Info:
Office & Fax:  (812)522-0814

Assistant Director of Special Education:
MaryKate Helmsing
Office & Fax:  (812)522-0814
Janet Duggins
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Office & Fax (812)522-0814
**Our Office & Fax are the same number - it will sound like a fax when you call.  

  OUR MISSION:   We exist to provide a quality education to all our children:

         A quality education that will be relevant, rigorous, and remarkable;

 Learning places where children can learn, laugh, love, and remain safe;

       A school staff that is blessed with compassion, accountability, and excellence.
Special Education Information
Special Education Administrative Assistant

Janet Duggins Special Education Administrative Assistant.  

Janet's office hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.  

Special Education Office & Fax

**It may sound like a fax machine when you call, but keep trying.  You will reach us!

Special Education Staff Directory

Attached is a list of all SCSC Special Education Staff for the 2018-2019 School Year.

Program Description
Seymour Community Schools Special Programs provides students with identified disabilities, a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that meets state standards listed in Indiana's special education rules called "Article 7".  Article 7 is based on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the federal regulations.  Article 7 consists of rules describing how special education and related services are to be determined and provided by Indiana's public schools.  

A student identified with disabilities may receive special education services from the public school from the time the student is 3 until he or she is 22 years of age.  School personnel or the parent may refer a student for an initial educational evaluation.  Upon completion of the evaluation, a case conference committee meets to decide if a student is eligible for special education services.  During the meeting, the committee develops the student's individualized educationl plan (IEP) and discusses the need for related services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, transportation, etc.
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
 Seymour SEPAC

Founded in June 1988
Purpose:  To increase recognition and understanding of children, youth and adults with special needs.
Promote awareness
Develop positive attitudes
Offer a scholarship to a student with a special need or a student planning to study special education or an associated therapy
A student may be referred for special programs by parents, teachers, school personnel, or other agencies.  Referrals can not be processed without the written consent of the child's legal parent or guardian.  
Eligibility Information

To be eligible for special programs, a Case Conference Committee must meet to discuss evaluations to determine if the student meets one or more of the following disability areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Language or Speech Impairment
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Emotional Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay (Early Childhood)
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Other Health Impairment
Special Education in Home Schools or Private Schools

Did you know?

  • Article 7, Indiana's Special Education Rules, provides for students education in private and home schools.
  • Seymour Community Schools has an obligation to serve special education students enrolled in a private or a home school.
  • Seymour Community Schools will conduct evaluations and Annual Case Reviews to review needs and progress of special education students in private or home schools.
  • If you believe your child needs an educational evaluation, your public school can provide that service.

If you have a child in a private or home school and the student may qualify or has qualified for special services, please contact the Seymour Community Schools Special Education office at (812)522-0814 for information.

Annual Parent Survey

Please complete the online Parent Survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Education after your Annual Case Conference.

See DOE Annual Parent Survey Link on the right under Special Education Resources 

Indiana DOE Parent Rights Website
Indiana Department of Education Notice of Procedural Safeguards or "Parent Rights" will be offered at all case conferences. 
Important Parent Information


Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services


To access services for persons with developmental disabilities, such as residential services or supported employment, or for questions regarding case management or the Medicaid Waiver contact the District office nearest you.

District 8
1452 Vaxter Avenue Clarksville, IN 47129-7721
Phone: 812-283-1040
Toll Free: 1-877-218-3529 (V/VRS/711)
Toll Free Fax: 1-855-525-9376
Counties: Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Ohio, Orange, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland & Washington.

Link to BDDS Website:

Seclusion & Restraint Policy

The School Board believes that maintaining an orderly, safe environment is conducive to learning and is an appropriate expectation of all school employees within the school corporation. The Board recognizes that there are times when it becomes necessary for employees to use reasonable restraint and/or seclusion to protect a student from causing harm to themselves or to others.


Seclusion and physical restraint as defined in this policy shall be used only as a last resort as a means of maintaining a safe and orderly environment for learning and only to the extent necessary to preserve the imminent safety of students and others. Positive behavior interventions and supports and conflict de-escalation methods shall be used regularly to minimize the need for use of restraints and seclusions. The use of these methods must be done before the use of restraints and seclusions. School employees must make every effort to prevent the need for use of restraints and seclusion on students.

**We will be documenting the use of Seclusion & Restraint through a Google Form.  See Links under Special Education Resources to the right.

**Copies of the Restraint Reporting Form need to be sent to the parent, Building Administrator, & Mika.


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Seymour Community Schools

1638 S. Walnut St.
Seymour, IN  47274
Voice:  812-522-3340
Fax: 812-522-8031