Welcome to Special Services

The Special Services Department offers special education services to students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, sensory and physical disabilities, autism, giftedness, and behavior disorders.

Services are provided by licensed teachers, professional staff, and trained paraprofessionals.  In addition to student services, the department also provides staff development for Hamblen County educators and parent training workshops.

Please contact your child's teacher or school principal for more information on accessing special education services.  

The Department of Special Services subscribes to the mission statement of the Hamblen County Board of Education and remains committed to the goals of the district. The departmental mission is to proactively identify and accommodate disabilities on a case-by-case basis while ensuring that each child has access to the general curriculum to the maximum extent possible.




  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Intellectually Gifted
  • Speech Impairment
  • Language Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Autism
  • Other- Health Impaired
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Blindness
  • Visual Impairment
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Functional Delay
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Hamblen County Special Services Department, in partnership with Head Start, performs ongoing developmental screenings for children 3 - 5 years of age living in Hamblen County.  The goal is to identify children not yet attending school whose development may not be within the expected ranges and are therefore in need of further evaluation and assessment.  The areas evaluated can include the five developmental areas under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as well as vision and hearing screenings.

  • Cognitive - ability to learn
  • Physical - ability to move, see, and hear
  • Communication - ability to understand language and express needs
  • Social/Emotional - ability to relate to others
  • Adaptive - ability to perform self-help skills independently



Hamblen County School Psychologists are experts in psychology and education serving children in the school setting.  These services include:

  • Completing pychological and academic assessments
  • Identifying the special needs of students and helping to plan their educational program
  • Consulting with parents, teachers, administrators, and other professionals in the school district and community to enhance services to students
  • Presenting teacher in-services and training
  • Assisting schools in maintaining compliance with the state procedural safeguards designed to protect the rights of children with disabilities and parents


The purpose of homebound placement is to provide academic instruction for students who will be unable to attend school for more than 2 weeks due to doctor approved medical conditions.  Both the parent and doctor must complete portions of the homebound application packet.  Once approved, a meeting is scheduled with parents, school principal, and teachers in order to assign a homebound teacher.  The homebound teacher coordinates assignments with the classroom teachers and meets with the student for 3 hours of instruction per week.  

Please call the Special Services Department at 423-581-3067 to request a homebound application.