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 for children age 3 through 21 years.

Services are provided by licensed teachers, professional staff, and by 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 principal for accessing special education services.  

Mission Statement
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
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Intellectually Gifted
  • Speech Impairment
  • Language Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Autism
  • Other- Health Impaired
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Blind
  • 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 whose development may not be within the expected ranges and are therefore in need of further evaluation and assessment.  The areas evaluated can incude the five developmental areas under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) including screening of hearing and vision.

  • 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 who serve children in the school setting.  These services include:

  • consulting with parents, teachers, administrators, and other professionals in the community to enhance services to students
  • identifying the special needs of students and helping to plan their educational program
  • pychological and academic assessments
  • teacher in-service
  • assisting schools to be in compliance with procedural safeguards


The purpose of homebound instruction is to provide an appropriate program for students who will be absent from school due to doctor approved medical conditions for more than two weeks.  Please call the Special Services Department at 423-581-3067 to request a homebound application.