Special Education

"Each One - Reach One"

The special education department of Suffolk Public Schools believes that every student has a right to free and appropriate education. In keeping with that philosophy, a full range of services has been developed in Special Education serving children with disabilities, age 2 to 21 years of age.

Special Education Workshop

Understanding Special Education

This free parent workshop will help you identify your child’s learning strengths and challenges as well as organize your important information about your child so it will be helpful in educational planning. Come and learn the seven phases of the special education process and identify the specific actions you may take during the special education process. You will become familiar with due process rights and learn ways to work as partners with teacher and other school personnel.

Contact the PEATC office at (800) 869- 6782 or raymond@peatc.org with any questions or cancellations.

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is a a statewide non-profit organization that strives to empower students and self-advocates to create positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools, and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Their special focus is on children with disabilities.

January 30, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Suffolk, VA

Booker T. Washington Elementary School
204 Walnut Street
Suffolk, VA 23434

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Special Education Administration

Director of Special Education, Stephanie Whitley
    EMAIL: stephaniewhitley@spsk12.net
    100 North Main Street | 4th Floor | Suffolk, VA 23434
    (757) 925-6764 (phone) | (757) 925-5625 (fax)

Supervisors of Instruction for Special Education


Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired

The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 was amended and requires school boards to annually post information on school division Web sites and to inform the parents of students who are identified as hearing or visually impaired of its availability as follows:

"The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Local school boards shall annually post this information on the school division's website and inform the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access."

Vision and Hearing Resources  

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides information on educational services and resources to support students who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind at its website.  The following links to information and resources are excerpted from the VDOE’s website at Special Education-Specific Disabilities-Sensory Disabilities.



Guide for college students with visual impairments


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