Welcome to the Funding Policies AZ Wiki!Edit

This is a wiki page that explains the current funding policies for different programs, such as occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, recreational therapy, habilitation, respite, DTT, and professional development in Arizona private schools for students with severe educational, social, and emotional disabilities.

Funding Policies for AZ Private Placement Special EducationEdit

Arizona's private schools require funding that will help educate children with special needs. Some of the programs that require funding are critical programs that assist students with activities of daily living, social and emotional skills, academics, functional life skills, communication, gross & fine motor skills, movement & manipulation, as well as vocational readiness.  

Funding is acquired through many different sources. The main source of funding for privately placed students is through the school districts that placed the students within the private school. The overall funding from these districts comes from the state and federal government. Other sources of funding can be acquired through Department of Developmental Disabilities, Grants, Scholarships, and Donations to name a few. In this wiki we will look at several programs, and will define each program. We will then show the source of funding for each program from a school that services privately placed students with special needs in Maricopa County, AZ.


Occupational Therapy -In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. - See more at:

Funding Source For Occupational Therapy:  Grants 

Speech & Language Therapy - Speech-language therapy refers to the study of disorders that affect a person's speech, language, cognition, voice and swallowing, and imparting treatment to regain and strengthen speech skills.

Funding Source For Speech & Language Therapy: Grants

Recreational Therapy -Recreational Therapy is a form of adjunctive treatment in which games or other group activities are used as a means of modifying maladaptive behavior, awakening social interests, or improving the ability to interact and function in socially acceptable ways.

Funding Source For Recreational Therapy: Grants

Habilitation -Habilitation is the assisting of a child with achieving developmental skills when impairments have caused delaying or blocking of initial acquisition of the skills. Habilitation can include cognitive, social, fine motor, gross motor, or other skills that contribute to mobility, communication, and performance of activities of daily living and enhance quality of life.

Funding Source For Habilitation: Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) 

Respite Care -Care for a vulnerable person provided either in his or her own home or, more commonly, in a residential or day-care setting, that supplements the care provided by the vulnerable person’s main carer.

Funding Source For Respite Care: Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Day Treatment Training (DTT) -DTT us a service designed to serve children who, as a result of their mental health needs, are unable to benefit from participation in academic or vocational services at a developmentally appropriate level in a school or work setting.

Funding Source For DTT: Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Special Education Teachers -Special Education Teacher is the practice of educating students with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.

Funding Source For Special Education Teacher: School Districts 

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