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Special Education

Special Education

USD 453 provides quality special education services working with families to provide an individualized educational program (IEP).

The district offers services for:

  • Developmental, learning, and intellectual disabilities
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Physical, health, visual, hearing, speech, and language impairments
  • Autism
  • Gifted

See the documents below for more information. If you have more questions, contact Cathy Redelberger, Director of Special Education, at (913) 684-1400.

Special Education Documents

Public Notice for Parents
First page of the PDF file: PublicNoticeforParentsofStudentswithExceptionalities
Procedural Safeguards (English)
First page of the PDF file: ProceduralSafeguards_English_
Procedural Safeguards (Spanish)
First page of the PDF file: ProceduralSafeguards_Spanish_
GAAF Emergency Safety Interventions
First page of the PDF file: GAAFEmergencySafetyInterventions
ESI Parent Notification Handbook
First page of the PDF file: ESIParentNotificationHandbook
Count Your Kid In
First page of the PDF file: CYKI2023

Gifted Education

In Kansas, Special Education provides services to gifted students. State statutes and regulations identify gifted students as individuals with exceptionalities. A potential gifted student will is eligible through a team identification process. Throughout the process, staff, admin, and parents offer input.


Each gifted student should receive individual services appropriate for their unique needs. Staff and parents develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) after identifying a student as gifted. The IEP guides instruction for the needs of the student within the gifted and general education programs.


If you believe your student displays gifted characteristics, please contact your student's teacher and building principal.

Gifted Education Documents

Gifted Brochure
First page of the PDF file: GiftedBrochure
Gifted vs. High Achieving
First page of the PDF file: GiftedvsHighAchieving
Gifted Identification Process
First page of the PDF file: GiftedIdentificationProcess