stimulating and meaningful education to our students with multiple
disabilities using proven methods, various technologies, and integrated
related services in a safe and nurturing environment in order to help
each individual reach his or her maximum level of independence in all
facets of life.
philosophy of the Discovering Every Skill That is Now Yours (D.E.S.T.I.N.Y.)
Program is that each student should be challenged to develop
independence and meaningful participation within their classroom,
school, home and community environments. We believe that every student
can achieve and become a contributing member of society. We provide
students with life skills instruction using research-based and
scientifically-proven methods and materials, and we afford students
daily access to multiple technologies. We believe in the use of a
supportive and nurturing environment for learning, and we rely heavily
on a multi-disciplinary approach to meeting all of our students'
diverse educational needs.
The D.E.S.T.I.N.Y. Program
provides instructional classrooms that are housed in public elementary
and high school buildings. Student's ages 3 to 18 years are provided
with comprehensive programming to meet their academic, communicative,
physical, social, vocational, emotional, medical, and behavioral needs.
The classrooms are arranged to provide students with a predicable,
structured learning environment that incorporates the use of multi-modal
instruction and augmentative communication systems. Instruction in daily
life skills is provided within the classroom, school and community
settings. Methodologies used include Picture Exchange Communication,
reading instruction with visual support, Social Stories, and T.E.A.C.C.H.
Curricular materials used include TouchMath, News-2-You, and Unique
There is a strong emphasis on the integrated therapy model of
instruction. A multi-disciplinary team consisting of special education
teacher, speech pathologist, social worker, nurse, and para-educators
make up the core instructional team. Additional support services
including occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral
consultation and vision/hearing itinerant are provided per students'
Individualized Educational Plans. Parental support is also provided in
the areas of transition-planning, student medical needs, and assistance
with development and implementation of communication systems at home.
Student progress is assessed by all team members using a variety of
published assessment instruments including The Brigance Inventory of
Basic Skills, The Hawaii Early Learning Profile, The School Function
Assessment, and the Dynamic Learning Map Alternate Assessment and Unique
Learning System Benchmarks. Also the
multi-disciplinary team uses consistent and on-going data collection
systems to continuously monitor student progress on IEP goals and