At FUTURE we believe that ALL means ALL. The Diverse Learner team provides services to school age students with disabilities.We believe every student is a diverse learner and commit to meeting each child where they are at.
We have a full-time Director of Diverse Learning, Nicole Backhaus, and Special Education teacher, Hunter Filer. Additionally, we have a student support team that includes an Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist, Habilitative Interventionists, and Special Education Paraprofessionals. Our Director of Diverse Learning, Nicole Backhaus, also serves as our 504 Coordinator.
If you believe your child should be evaluated and receive special education services, either you as the parent/legal guardian, or our school district (Future), can begin the referral process for special education. You can do so by contacting your child’s teacher, one of our School Co-Directors, or the Director of Diverse Learning.
Once a child is suspected as having a disability, a team is created to decide what information is required to determine if a disability exists. The team consists of the child’s parent/legal guardians, the child’s regular education teacher(s), a diverse learning educator, and the principal.
A child might qualify under 13 eligibility categories and may be entitled to FAPE (free and public education) in the LRE (least restrictive environment).
We look forward to partnering with families to learn how we can best support your child. Our philosophy is “child-first” and believe that our decisions and approach to special education should always have the best interest of the child at the core.
You can access your procedural safeguard rights in Idaho as a parent and/or guardian here.