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Special education in Allen County

Special education students account for nearly 15 percent of students statewide, totalling 167,478 students in the 2017-18 school year, according to the Indiana Department of Education. Here's a snapshot of the special education population in Allen County's middle and high schools. This diverse population includes students who earn a diploma and students who receive a certificate of completion.

 Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Shelby Mealer used assistance from Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana to get a job in the gardening department of Lowe's.

Disabilities can thwart job search

Various local nonprofits work with clients with disabilities, preparing them for the workforce.

May 6, 2018 1:00 am

 Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette
Wayne sophomore Blaze Buettgenbach works at the school’s general store, café and bistro as part of the functional skills program.

Wayne students develop functional skills

The functional skills program serves moderately disabled students and focuses on work and life skills.

April 30, 2018 1:20 am

 Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Theo Thompson, a student at IPFW who is on the autism spectrum, has Sam, his service dog, to help keep him calm. (The_Journal_Gazette)

Local colleges accommodate student needs

Devin Carroll knew when he enrolled at Indiana Tech two years ago that he would need help.

April 29, 2018 1:00 am

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 Becca Rupp, program coordinator for Defiance College's Affinity Program, explains a project to students, from left, Bill Smith, Emma Bedan and Nick Eberly.  (The_Journal_Gazette)

Defiance autism program wins students' kudos

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Emma Bedan didn't expect her college experience would be bustling with social activities such as cheerleading,...

April 29, 2018 1:00 am

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Peyton Hullinger, a sophomore at Wayne High School, cleans windows at Ivy Tech as part of the pre-employment program. The program, provided by Easterseals and Goodwill, is designed to prepare students for life after school.

Partnership lets students learn on job

Helping students with disabilities prepare for adulthood.

April 23, 2018 1:00 am