Welcome to the school district that focuses on the whole child and emphasizes the ability, not disability of students. The TCSS Special Education Department strives to offer services in the least restrictive environment - to the maximum extent appropriate, providing an education in the same manner as it is provided to every other child, alongside peers in a general education environment.
Special Education addresses the educational needs of children in the district who have identifiable disabilities, from age three through twenty-one years, or until they receive their high school diplomas. In accordance with state requirements, the district arranges for evaluations for three to five-year olds and school-aged children with suspected learning disabilities (Child Find). The Special Education Department works collaboratively with the Problem-Solving Team (PST) in local schools to identify teaching strategies, best practices, and interventions to meet the needs of all students.
The Tuscaloosa County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, creed, marital status, age or disability in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA regulations.
The TCSS Special Education Staff is dedicated and committed to supporting instructional outcomes for all students. The department welcomes any comments and concerns. Please feel free to contact the Special Education Director, Dr. Gwen Hardnett, for more information or if you have any questions.
Physical Address: 1118 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2568, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
Phone: (205) 342-2756, Fax: (205) 342- 2729