The Special Needs Education Services ensure that provision is made for students experiencing any of the following challenges: autism, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, physical impairment, learning difficulties, mental challenges and giftedness. The Special Needs Education Services focuses on the identification of students for placement through multidisciplinary evaluation. Provision is made for students to be assisted with devices such as hearing aids. Special Needs Education is addressed in three ways:
1. in the regular classroom,
2. in the special classroom in the regular school
3. in the special unit or special education school.
At present, Special Education services are provided in specially equipped classrooms (Special Units) in eight (8) public primary schools, they are:
All Saints Primary
Charles F. Broome Primary
Eagle Hall Primary
St. Matthews Primary
St. Stephen's Primary
Hilda Skeene Primary
Children who are deaf or hearing impaired, blind or visually impaired attend The Irving Wilson School, while The Ann Hill School caters to secondary school age children with global developmental delays and other disabilities.
Placements in these programmes are facilitated through the Student Services Support Section in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development. Applications must reach the Section by March 31st for admissions to take effect in September.