Special Education Department Overview

  • Diman provides a range of services to all students with disabilities as per their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). For those students requiring more academic supports due to their learning differences, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School offers both substantially separate and inclusive co-taught academic settings. The substantially separate classes are taught by special education teachers utilizing small group instruction, while the co-taught classrooms are comprised of both a content area and special education teacher working together to provide instruction and supports within the co-taught setting. In order to provide students with disabilities the least restrictive environment for delivery of instruction they may be placed in any combination of sub-separate, co-taught, or general education classroom settings.

    For more information, please contact Diman’s Office of Special Education.

    Director of Special Education
    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
    (508) 678-2891 x1320

Book List

  • Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

    by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare Year Published: 2012 Adolescent Psychology

    "I told you, I'll do it later."
    "I forgot to turn in the stupid application."
    "Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again."
    "I can't walk the dog--I have too much homework!"

    If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

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  • Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs

    by Peggy Lou Morgan Year Published: 2009

    Every parent of a child with disabilities knows just how overwhelming and frustrating it can be. When these children enter adulthood, the difficulties can become even greater. Many parents are tempted to keep their children at home, believing that they will be safer and happier under their care. But adults with special needs deserve the same chance at a happy life as everyone else. As the mother of an adult child with disabilities, Peggy Lou Morgan has years of experience dealing with the challenges these adults face every day. She believes that the most loving thing parents can do for their children is to prepare them to leave home in a way that works best for them. In Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs, she gives parents invaluable advice on:

    teaching their adult child to be a self-advocate • helping their child cope with relationships • helping their child find a good vocational program • finding an apartment and a roommate • understanding government programs that can help their children while they become more independent

    Compassionate and thorough, this guide will help readers to ensure that their children leave the nest with confidence and joy.

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  • Culturize. Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.

    by Jimmy Casas Year Published: 2017 Education & Teaching

    Average schools don’t inspire greatness—and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners.

    In Culturize, author and education leader Jimmy Casas shares insights into what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion. His stories reveal how these “soft skills” can be honed while meeting and exceeding academic standards of twenty-first-century learning. You’ll learn...
    * How to reach those who seem unreachable
    * What to do when students disengage or drop out of school
    * How to ensure your learners feel cared for and empowered
    * How to create an environment where all learners are challenged and inspired to be their best

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In the News

  •  Students at the conference

    Dental students at 2023 Yankee Dental Conference

    Students and instructors from Diman's Dental Assisting program attended Yankee Dental Convention in Boston on Jan 26, 2023. In total, 36 students and four instructors explored over 100 exhibitor booths to speak to dental professionals and learn about new products and technologies in the dental field.

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  •  Students working in Westport

    Coming to your town: Construction projects done by Diman students

    Students at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School are taking the lead on two construction projects in the community, building an on-site restroom for cemetery workers in Westport and a building addition for a local nonprofit. (1/24/23)

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  •  Students, teachers, and a Haas Foundation representative

    Donation to Advanced Manufacturing shop

    Diman is grateful for a generous donation from the Gene HAAS Foundation to students in the Advanced Manufacturing program. The ten students are from the class of 2022 and are working in the Advanced Manufacturing trade. Each student received a tool box and tools worth just over $900.00. (12/12/22)

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  • Success at 2022 SkillsUSA Fall State Leadership Conference

    Our students earned numerous awards at the SkillsUSA Fall State Leadership Conference on 11/21-22. Read on to find out who won. (11/23/22)

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  • Adams Scholarship Winners for 2022

    Diman is pleased to announce that 83 students have earned the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship in 2022. Recipients of the state-run scholarship program are entitled to 8 semesters of tuition-free education at any Massachusetts state college or university. Students earn the scholarship by scoring in the Advanced and Proficient levels on the grade 10 MCAS exam and scoring in the top 25 percent of that year’s test takers. (11/18/22)

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  •  L->R: Richard Medeiros, Steven Moniz, Neil Arruda, Steve Cloutier, Maria Torres, Andrew Rebello ...

    Automotive technology program earns ASE certification

    Diman’s automotive technology program has been certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation. To achieve this recognition, Diman’s program underwent extensive evaluation by ASE using nationally-accepted standards of instruction, facilities, and equipment. (9/29/22)

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