Wyandotte County Special Education Cooperative

Mission: Kids First

Vision: Empowering all students with exceptionalities to reach their potential in school and the community

Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative offers a full range of special education services to children and families in the Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs, and Piper School Districts. Special education services are integrated into the district’s educational program. Eligibility for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) or eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is determined by the Student Intervention Team (SIT) referral process or screening and evaluation process in the early childhood setting.

Our goal is to provide a free and appropriate education to each child with an exceptionality who is a resident of the Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education districts.

The special education staff works closely with all educators in order to facilitate optimal educational growth for students with special needs from birth through age 21. Contact the building administrator if you have concerns about your child’s educational progress.

Public Notice

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative is seeking to identify every student from birth through age 21 who lives within the boundaries of the school districts of Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs / Edwardsville, and Piper who has developmental delays or may be in need of special education.

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative provides a free appropriate public education to all exceptional students residing within the three school district boundaries. This includes special education and related services provided in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state laws for all students with exceptionalities (0-21 years of age).

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative offers developmental screening for children from ages 3 to 5.

  • If you live in the Kansas City Kansas district boundaries and have a child from ages 3 to 5 and you have concerns about his or her development, please call the Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center at 913.627.4807 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you live in the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville or Piper school district boundaries and have a child from ages 3 to 5 and you have concerns about his or her development, please call McDanield at 913.422.7970 to schedule an appointment.
Areas of Exceptionality

State and federal regulations have been established to define children with exceptionalities. "Exceptional children" means children with disabilities and children identified as gifted.

Exceptionality categories include:

  • Autism
  • Blindness/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf - Blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Gifted
  • Hearing Impairment/Deafness
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Contact Information
Your child's teacher and building principal should be your first contact regarding questions about Special Education Services.
Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative
2010 N 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas 66104

Executive Director of Special Education: Dr. Ja'Kyta Lawrie, jakyta.lawrie@kckps.org

Assistant Director of Special Education: Dana Nelson, dana.nelson@kckps.org

Special Education Compliance Officer: Doretha Henry, doretha.henry@kckps.org

2021-22 Special Education Coordinators

Wyandotte County Infant Toddler Services: Debbie Lair, debbie.lair@kckps.org


Kansas Special Education Process Handbook

The Kansas Special Education Process Handbook was developed to provide guidance, resources and supports necessary for those professionals who work to improve results for exceptional children. The information provided in the Kansas Special Education Process Handbook attempts to clarify and define legal requirements of the law and regulations. Each chapter includes a brief overview specifying requirements that are particular to Kansas. In addition, each chapter includes links to valuable resources, sample forms and references.

Parents Rights - English

Parents Rights - Spanish

The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), in 2004, retained important procedures which schools must use when evaluating eligibility for special education services, when developing or changing a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or when attempting to resolve serious disputes regarding special education issues. These procedures are sometimes referred to as "procedural safeguards" or "parent rights." The procedural safeguards specified in the IDEA were primarily designed to help schools and parents work together to develop effective educational programs for children with disabilities.

Special Education and Related Services

Each school district must make a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) available to all children with exceptionalities. One of the most important considerations for individualized education program (IEP) teams is the special education, related services, and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child or on behalf of the child. The IEP team must also consider the program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided on behalf of the child. All services and supports are provided to enable the child: (1) to advance appropriately toward attaining the annual goals; (2) to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum, or appropriate activities for children ages 3 -? 5; (3) to participate in extracurricular and other nonacademic activities; and (4) to be educated and participate with their nondisabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate, in all of these activities.

Related services are developmental, corrective, and supportive services required to assist a child, who has been identified as a child with an exceptionality, to benefit from special education services.

Kansas Regulation, K.A.R 91-40-1(ccc) includes the following as related services:

  • Art therapy
  • Assistive technology devices and services
  • Audiology
  • Counseling services
  • Dance movement services
  • Early identification and assessment of disabilities
  • Interpreting services
  • Medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes
  • Music therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orientation and mobility services
  • Parent counseling and training
  • Physical therapy
  • Recreation, including therapeutic recreation
  • Rehabilitation counseling services
  • School health services
  • School nurse services
  • School psychological services
  • School social work services
  • Speech and language
  • Transportation
  • Other developmental, corrective or supportive services