Special Education Department 

February 2017 


“Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.

 We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time”.


 https://www.specialolympics.org/Sections/What_We_Do/What_We_Do.aspx



Unified Sports is a program designed to build respect for diversity and differences amongst our youth. Project Unify engages all students, with and without disabilities, in an effort to foster leadership skills for all athletes and have a positive impact in their communities.


Carrabec High School Unified Basketball Team is excited to play in their first game of the season on January 31. Again this year, we have several students, staff and community members participating as athletes and/or volunteers. A positive change this year is that we have invited Madison High School students to participate on the team. The team welcomed two students from Madison to that want to participate. Students are bussed to Carrabec High School for practices.  


Mary Luce has also added the opportunity for Unified Cheering at Carrabec High School. Students are very excited to be offered this opportunity.


Upcoming training opportunities for staff:


Mandt Training will be held on March 13th. 

Written Notice review with Drummond and Woodsum will be scheduled for February.

 Behavioral Health Professional has one more full day of training for certification.

 READ 180 staff have two more trainings. 


There are many changes and updates throughout the year. There are some significant changes in Special Education Law anticipated to be implemented on July 1, 2017. Staff will need to attend workshops set up by the Maine Department of Education to understand the new expectations.


Nicole Richardson,

Director of Special Education