Special Education

Welcome to the Special Education Department

The WISD Special Education Department provides services and programs to support the efforts of 9 local school districts, 14 private school academies and 20 private Student and Staff shopping for holiday gifts schools. In collaboration with these districts, families and students, WISD provides leadership, professional development, program options, transitional services, early childhood supports and early intervention services through Early On, classroom support services, parent support, assistive technology, and legal requirements to ensure the individual needs of all students are addressed.

The Special Education department directly implements services for approximately 300 students with moderate to severe disabilities, emotional disabilities, visual impairments and the deaf and hard of hearing from birth to 26 years old in addition to the Washtenaw County Court Involved Youth program.

Policy Guidelines For Delivering Personalized Services To Students With Specialized Needs (PDF)

Washtenaw ISD Plan (PDF)

MDE Approval of the ISD Plan (PDF)

The public school districts in Washtenaw County, working together with Washtenaw ISD, envisions a future whereby all children have equal access and educational opportunity to learn with high expectations, within a meaningful and challenging curriculum, employing a differentiated instructional approach using multiple assessments to gauge student learning.

Visit our pages listed at the left for more topic-specific information.


Cherie Vannatter, Interim Deputy Superintendent

Deborah Hester-Washington, Director of Special Education