The West Lake Special Education Cooperative is a joint effort between the Lake Central School Corporation and School Town of Munster. This relationship began in 1972 when both school corporations withdrew from a larger cooperative and responded to the community by bringing most students with a disability closer to home.

West Lake, in response to Indiana Article 7 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), offers comprehensive programs for students ages three (3) through twenty-one (21). Most programs for students are located in their neighborhood school.

Our Mission

The mission of the West Lake Special Education Cooperative is as follows:

"The West Lake Special Education Cooperative in collaboration with Lake Central and Munster school communities is committed to providing support for students by the way of offering a full continuum of services to empower them to maximize their individual potential."

Key to Acronyms Used in Special Education

ADA Americans with Disability Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
APE Adaptive Physical Education
AUT Autism Spectrum Disorder
BLV Blind/Low Vision
CA Chronological Age
CD Communication Disorder
CP Cerebral Palsy
DB Deaf/Blind
DD Developmental Delay
DFCS Department of Family and Children Services
DHH Deaf Hard of Hearing
DOE Department of Education
DMH Department of Mental Health
EDAO Emotional Disability All Other
EDFT Emotional Disability Full Time
EHCA Education for Handicapped Children Act
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
HB Homebound
HI Hearing Impaired
Key to Acronyms Used in Special Education
ICC Interagency Coordination Council
IDEA Individuals with Disability Education Improvement Act
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ITP Individualized Transition Plan
IQ Intelligence Quotient
LD Learning Disabled
LEA Local Education Agency
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MA Mental Age
MD Multiple Disability
MICD Mild Cognitive Disability
MOCD Moderate Cognitive Disability
MR Mental Retardation
MUD Multiply Disabled
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
OT Occupational Therapy / Therapist
OI Orthopedic Impairment
P&A Protection and Advocacy
PL Public Law (Federal)
PT Physical Therapy / Therapist
Key to Acronyms Used in Special Education
PTO Parent / Teacher Organization
RtI Response to Intervention
ROM Range of Motion
SI Sensory Integration
SLP Speech / Language Pathologist
SW Social Worker / Social Worker Services
SMD Severe Mental Disability
TA Technical Assistance
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunication Device for Deaf
VI Visually Impaired


 Helpful Resources and Links


 *Please note that the following resources and links are not meant as endorsements by West Lake Special Education Cooperative, but merely as information that may be helpful to our families and visitors.

Indiana Department of Education - Article 7, Procedural Safeguards, Parent Rights and other information -www.doe.in.gov/specialed/laws-rules-and-interpretations

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities - Information on Medicaid Waivers and other valuable information -www.in.gov/gpcpd

INDIANA INSTITUTE ON DISABILITY AND COMMUNITY - Providing Hoosiers with disability-related information and services from birth through older adulthood. Click on their name to visit their webpage.

IN*Source / Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs - www.insource.org

Cooperative Special Recreation Initiative (CSRI) - Email csri2004@yahoo.com to join their email list or visit them via - lakecountyparks.com/activities/great_outdoors/special_recreation.html CSRI 2014 Calendar

Autism Support Network – Designed by those living with ASD, for those with ASD and those seeking social connection, peer guidance and a feeling of community with others. www.autismsupportnetwork.com

Autism Distance Education Parent Training (ADEPT) - Distance parent training module from the UC Davis MIND Institute UCEDD providing several strategies for teaching functional skills for parents -media.mindinstitute.org/education/ADEPT/Module1Menu.html

Check out YOUR family for events, news and resources in our area http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/yourfamily/parenting-resources

GRASP - The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership - grasp.org/

Down Syndrome Association of NWI - Serving Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton Counties - http://www.dsaofnwi.org 


National Down Syndrome Congress - They provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and work to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. - ndsccenter.org/

AccessAbilities, Inc. - Focusing on the provision of services that emphasize best practices, comprehensiveness and overcoming possible barriers between human potential and physical or cognitive abilities - http://accessabilitiesinc.com/

Center for Possibilities - Their mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Check out their site at www.centerforpossibilities.org

Innovations in Learning - Dedicated to implementing best practice standards in helping consumers achieve their individual potential throughout the developmental life span. Click on their name to visit their webpage.

Nat'l Dissemination Center for Children w/Disabilities (NICHCY) - Serving the nation as a central source of information on disabilities. Now known as Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

National Autism Association of NWI - Providing hope and information, including monthly support group meetings for parents, social activities and workshops/seminars, to local families affected by autism.

Asperger's Syndrome support at Lakeview Health, including a 24/7 live private and confidential chat option - www.lakeviewhealth.com/mental-health-and-aspergers-syndrome.php

Share Foundation with the Handicapped assists developmentally disabled/other-abled people and their families in many different areas. They also offer mini-camps through their Camp Sharing Meadows property. Click here for their website link and for more information. http://sharefoundation.org

Opportunity Enterprises - providing innovative and impactful services for individuals with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities - http://www.oppent.org/about/

Hannah's Hope - aims to assist children with special needs obtain various therapies and costly medical equipment. Visit them at http://www.hannahshope.org/

SouthSTAR Services - provides children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities choices and opportunities to enrich their lives and maximize independence in their pursuit of vocation, community living and social integration. For more information, contact Shannon Stoisch at 219-331-5233.