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 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.
Waverley Administrative Annex
1225 Oak Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 231-6773
Fax: (803) 231-6790
Director: LaJamea Dixon
Coordinator, Special Education: Elaine Miles
Coordinator, School Psychologists: Nancy Carnes
Coordinator, Specialized Instruction: LaVeda Green