Wilton, CT: Disabled students just keep on coming, especially in preschool

July 7, 2018, Ridgefield, CT: Wilton Bulletin: Wilton sees increase in students with disabilities There was an increased number of Wilton public school students with disabilities this year, according to the 2017-18 year-end summary of the Wilton Public School District’s student services department. The annual report, prepared by Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Andrea Leonardi, Assistant Director of Special Services Sharon DeAngelo and several instructional leaders, outlines services provided by the district, as well as some statistics on students serviced by the department. This school year, 615 Wilton public school students were classified as having some sort of disability, reflecting a 30-student increase over last year. This number breaks down as follows: • Learning disability: 188. • OHI-ADD/ADHD: 115. • Autism: 102. • Speech/language: 50. • Emotional disturbance: 41. • Dyslexia: 33. • Other health impairment: 33. • Developmental delay: 20. • Multiple disabilities: 17. • Intellectual disability: 10. • Hearing impairment: 6. … According to the year-end report, there were 35 more Wilton public school students with 504 Accommodation Plans, also known as Section 504 plans, this year than there were last year — 288 in 2017-18 versus 253 in 2016-17…. Number of students with Section 504 plans in each Wilton public school during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years…. More students were outplaced this school year than last year, with outplacements ranging from 30 to 33 this year compared to 26 to 30 last year. Both this year and last, high school students accounted for the majority of outplacements…. There was an increased number of students receiving homebound instruction this year, according to the report — from 14 in 2016-17 to 17 in 2017-18. Students receiving homebound instruction typically include “students who cannot access their instruction at school because of medical conditions” and students who “would be unable to come to school because of a disciplinary issue,” the district’s former assistant superintendent of special services, Ann Paul, told the Board of Education last year…. Preschool enrollment The school district saw a year-over-year increase in preschool special education students this year. … For the last three years, special education students have outnumbered “peer model” students in Wilton’s preschool program….