The Special Education Department ‘s major role is to provide a variety of special programs for students within Western Branch who have been identified as hearing impaired, learning disabled, seriously emotionally disturbed, mentally retarded, autistic, other health impaired, severely/ profoundly disabled and speech/language impaired. Special education students may elect to work toward an Advanced Studies Diploma, Standard Diploma, Modified Standard Diploma, Special Diploma, or a Certificate of Attendance as specified in their Individualized Education Program. Students are served in a variety of settings including self-contained, resource, consultative or itinerant. Special education teachers strive to foster feelings of self-worth in students that prepare them to face challenges associated with living in a changing world and making a contribution to their social environment. Services offered help students to become socially, emotionally, mentally and vocationally prepared to make the transition from high school to adult life.