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 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.  







In order for a child to receive special services, both of the following conditions must be met.


1) The child must meet the eligibility standard established by the Tennessee State Department of Education for one of the following disabilities:


  • 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


2) The child's needs cannot be met in the regular education classroom without special education services.


Once a child is determined to be eligible to receive special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the child is developed with the most appropriate placement and accommodations.


Special education and related services are offered by the Hamblen County Department of Education for all eligible children residing in Hamblen County, ages 3 years through 21 years.  In partnership with DCEA Head Start, Hamblen County Schools 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, assessment, and early intervention.  The areas evaluated can include the five developmental areas under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as well as vision and hearing screenings.

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

Please contact the Special Services Department a 423-581-3067 for more information or to refer a child who resides in Hamblen County and might be in need of special educational or related services.  

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 as ordered by a doctor for approved medical conditions.  Both the parent and an M.D. 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 a total of 3 hours of instruction per week.  

Please call the Special Services Department at 423-581-3067 to apply for homebound services.