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Disability awareness point of focus for HPS

October 22, 2012

Students in the Hickory High School exceptional children’s classroom, with their teacher, Dorothea Smith, enjoy following along to a story read by Lorane Rohr. photo special to the o-n-e

October celebrates National Disability Awareness Month, and Hickory Public Schools is taking advantage of the awareness.

Lorane Rohr, who serves as the Exception Children's program director for Hickory Public Schools, said the school system's goal is to make sure to understand and identify the needs of a student with a disability.

“Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), we must serve students from age 3 through 21,” Rohr said. “Approximately 520 students are actively served throughout HPS Exceptional Children’s Department. More than 60 HPS faculty and staff work daily to assist the needs of these students.”

Hickory Public Schools addresses disabilities like autism, specific learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, emotional disturbances, visual impairments and other health disabilities.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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