The Greater Lafayette Area Special Services (G.L.A.S.S.) is a special education cooperative that serves the Lafayette, Indiana area (Tippecanoe County). The G.L.A.S.S. provides a continuum of public education services for approximately 3600 students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21 years old who are enrolled in Lafayette School Corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation and West Lafayette Community School Corporation.
The advisory board of the G.L.A.S.S. is made up of a school board member and superintendent from each corporation, the director of special education, the assistant director of special education, and the supervisors of the G.L.A.S.S. program. This advisory board is responsible for advising and/or making recommendations regarding the G.L.A.S.S. program.
Disabilities, Programs, and Services are defined both in the Federal Law IDEA and Indiana State Law Article 7. These laws ensure a “Free and Appropriate Public Education” (FAPE) to students with disabilities to the same extent as students without disabilities. A student’s suspected disability is determined by a case conference committee that uses an educational evaluation and placement procedures as determined by Indiana State Law Article 7.
Once a student is identified with a disability, the case conference committee will be responsible for identifying the student’s individual needs in his/her least restrictive environment. Services and programming decisions are made on an individual basis. All Lafayette Schools, Tippecanoe Schools and West Lafayette Schools are inclusive and provide special education services.