Special Services

The Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) implements an ongoing system to identify, locate, and evaluate all children suspected of having a disability from birth through 21 years of age required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Admissions and child find

The Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) implements an ongoing system to identify, locate, and evaluate all children suspected of having a disability from birth through 21 years of age required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

OUTREACH & SUPPORT

Outreach and Supports at MSDB can be utilized throughout the state of Mississippi to connect parents, districts, and stakeholders to the resources we may have available to students.  

Intervention

The Office of Special Services (Pre-K –12) supports educators who are working with struggling learners, including students who are learning English as a second language. This office is focused on improving academic and behavioral outcomes for students. Staff coordinates the local implementation of policies and procedures and provides intervention on Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for school-based teams and students.
This office also offers guidance and support to educators and students related to intervention selection, data-based decision making, evaluation, progress monitoring, dyslexia, gifted learners, and English learners to ensure all students graduate high school ready for college and career.
Three Tier Instructional ModelThe Three Tier Instructional Model is a part of State Board Policy 41.1). This model is designed to meet the needs of every student and consists of three tiers of instruction:

● Tier 1: Quality classroom instruction based on Mississippi standards.
● Tier 2: Focused supplemental instruction.
● Tier 3: Intensive interventions specifically designed to meet the individual needs of students.

If Tier 1 and 2 instruction is unsuccessful, students must be referred to the Teacher Support Team (TST). The TST is the district team responsible for interventions developed at Tier 3. Each school must have a TST implemented in accordance with the process developed by the Mississippi Department of Education.

LaQuandra Jones

Director of Special Services

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(601) 984-9131

Antonio Magee

Transition Director

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Angela Givhan

Special Service Testing Coordinator

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Crystal Newsome

Special Services Coordinator

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Jessica Nichols

Occupational Therapist

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Kim Tidwell

Speech Language Pathologist

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Lisa Bryant, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Loleta Zollicoffer

Records Coordinator

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Tler Griffin

Special Services Coordinator

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Vanessa McElroy

Speech Language Pathologist

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