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Bangor Regional Programs

Patti Rapaport, Director of Pupil Services

73 Harlow Street , Bangor, ME 04401

Tel. (207)992-4175  Fax (207)992-4168 parapaport@bangorschools.net

Mission Statement

The Bangor Regional Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides comprehensive instructional support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and who reside in southern Penobscot
County. The program provides access to all school-related activities, and encourages academic achievement and social involvement using a "total communication" approach. Each student is 
served by a teacher of the Deaf / Hard of Hearing and is mainstreamed as appropriate.

 

Goals of the Educational Program

  • Goal 1. To teach academic and practical life skills consistent with the Bangor Public
    School Curriculum
  • Goal 2. To develop communication skills via total communication
    • Auditory - Oral
    • Cued Speech
    • Sign Language Interpreter
    • American Sign Language
  • Goal 3. To develop language skills
 

Population Composition

The students served have moderate to profound sensory-neural hearing loss.

 

Services Offered

The following services are provided:

  • Primary, elementary, middle school, and high school classes for students who are deaf or have hearing loss, with certified teachers at each level
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Special Consultation to address occupational and physical therapy
  • Audio logical evaluations and provisions of specialized equipment which may include:
    • Auditory trainers
    • Closed caption decoders
    • Telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDDs)
    • I-Communicator
    • Other equipment as required
 

Facilities Available - Classrooms are at each of the following schools:

  • Fourteenth Street School
  • Fairmount School
  • James F. Doughty School
  • Bangor High School
  • A sound testing suite is provided through an audiologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center
  • Students have full use of all academic and non- academic areas as appropriate
  • American Sign Language classes at Bangor High School
 

Staff Positions by Category:

  • Administrator
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Speech Therapist
  • Audio logical consultation
  • Interpreters as needed
 

Referral / Placement Procedure

Pupil Evaluation Team (PET) referral and placement is completed by local school districts.

Bangor Regional Program for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Bangor Regional Program for students with Multiple Disabilities is to provide special education programming that emphasizes development of independent living skills, communication skills and social and emotional skills. Enhancing the quality of student lives while maximizing their ability to interact with peers and their environment is a component of the instructional program.

 

Goals of the Educational Program

  • Goal 1. To provide the most appropriate educational program to each child in the program through:
    • The utilization of the most appropriate assessment instruments as well as informal assessments
    • The identification of the strengths and needs of each child
    • The continuous collection of data
    • The development of objectives responsive to the needs of each child
    • The implementation of individualized programs designed to attain specified 
      objectives
  • Goal 2. To provide a comprehensive educational program that includes the following elements of instruction:
    • Daily living skills
    • Language and communication skills
    • Fine motor development
    • Gross motor development
    • Functional pre-academic skills
    • Social interaction skills
    • Recreation / leisure time skills
    • Sensory motor development
    • Community orientation skills
  • Goal 3. To provide a continuum of integrated opportunities for each student dependent on 
    the abilities and needs of the student and supported by:
    • The development of in-service and experiential opportunities for all interested public school staff
    • The development of preparatory and experiential opportunities for students with and without handicaps to participate in social and educational activities
    • The development and maintenance of a working group of staff to plan and facilitate integration activities to maximize the benefits and assure appropriateness of these experiences
 

Population Composition

The children served in the William S. Cohen School program range from 10-15 years of age. The students at Bangor High School are 15 - 20 years of age.

 

Services Offered

The following services are provided

  • Special Educational programming
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational therapy consultation
  • Communication skills development
  • Adapted Physical Education
 

Facilities Available

The classes are located in the William S. Cohen School and Bangor High School. The program
also utilizes the cafeteria, gymnasium, library, media center, and other multi-purpose areas in each building.

Staff Positions by Category:

  • Administrator
  • Teachers
  • Educational Technicians, as required
  • Speech / Language Clinician Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Aide
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Adaptive Physical Education Teacher

Referral / Placement Procedure

Placement requires the sending school district’s Pupil Evaluation Team recommendation and Superintendent’s approval for students identified as moderately to severely multiple handicapped.