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Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, our center-based programs and services for students between 6 and 21 years of age will end. We will no longer operate our Green Road Developmental Center and our Parma Developmental Center. In the last 20 years, as more and more public school districts have accommodated children with developmental disabilities in their neighborhood schools, the demand for our center-based classes declined to the point that we could no longer sustain them.
Instead our specialists will provide their expertise directly to public school districts and parents. Behavior and curriculum intervention specialists, speech-language pathologists, augmentative communication specialists, occupational and physical therapists and MOVE program instructors will consult with public school teachers, administrators, district specialists and parents to help students succeed in a least restrictive environment. In the 2011-12 school year, these specialists served more than 700 children in every school district in Cuyahoga County. We expect continued growth in demand for those services.
We also will have satellite classrooms staffed by our teachers and assistants and supported by our specialists at John Adams High School in Cleveland.
For older students, we continue to partner with school districts on transition services that promote movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. These are a part of each student's individual education plan from the age of 16 on.
The student, parents, home school district representative and representatives from other public agencies involved in providing services help to determine the highly individualized transition services the student will receive. The central focus of transition services is to ensure that necessary services and supports are in place for the student to succeed upon leaving school.
Our two former schools in Highland Hills and Parma have become home bases for the specialists who serve public school students, early childhood intervention specialists, assistive technology staff and support administrators who serve both children and adults.