About Special Services in Richland One
The Office of Special Services meets the individual needs of students ages three through twenty-one who are eligible for special education and related services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
IDEA is a federal law ensuring services to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention and special education and related services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
The Office of Special Services assists with the assessment process for determining special education eligibility.
A full continuum of services is available, ranging from the least restrictive to more restrictive environments, depending on the specific needs of the student. The department also supports schools in ensuring students with disabilities appropriately access the South Carolina Performance Standards and provides specialized instruction as determined necessary by the individualized education plan (IEP).
In collaboration with students, schools, families, and the community, the Office of Special Services assists students with disabilities in increasing academic performance and enhancing postsecondary options.
LaJamea Dixon, Director of Special Services
Dena Jude, Coordinator of Specialized Instruction and Curriculum Supports
Dr. Candice Greene, Coordinator of Quality Assurance and Compliance
Christy Bingley, Coordinator of Psychological Services and Behavioral Supports
We are located at:
Olympia Learning Center
621 Bluff Road
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 231-6773
Fax: (803) 231-6790