Doris Klaussen Developmental Center

Doris Klaussen Developmental Center (DKDC) is operated by the CISD and provides educational services for students with moderate to severe impairments. Programs are administered on- and off-campus and include Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impaired (mild, moderate and severe levels), Multiply Impaired (severe level), Emotionally Impaired (Day Treatment Program for severely emotionally impaired), and Adult Training Program.


 Watercolor picture of Doris Klaussen Developmental Center



ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder

ATP - Adult Training Program

Day Treatment Program

MoCI - Moderately Cognitive Impaired

SCI - Severely Cognitively Impaired

SXI - Severely Multiply Impaired



APE - Adapted Physical Education


AT - Assistive Technology


Nursing Services


O&M - Orientation & Mobility


OT - Occupational Therapy


PI - Physical Impairment


Psy - Psychological Services


PT - Physical Therapy


SP & L - Speech and Language


SSW - School Social Work


TCVI - Teacher Consult for Visually Impaired


TCHI - Teacher Consult for Hearing Impaired


TCASD - Teacher Consult for Autistic Spectrum Disorder



Curricular areas in which instruction is provided include: Personal care, independent living, communication, leisure/recreation, cognitive, prevocational/vocational, social/emotional, and motor skills. The IEP will identify appropriate curricular areas and goals to meet the unique needs of each individual student.


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Mission Statement

The staff of the Doris Klaussen Development Center are committed to developing the greatest level of independence in every student.  Within a caring and supportive school setting, our highly-trained staff utilizes instructional best practices and research based interventions to create and implement individualized programming for each student.


Jessica Clothier

DKDC  Principal

(269) 964-9426


Ashley Everett

Administrative Assistant

(269) 964-9426


Sharlene Heinrich

Administrative Assistant

(269) 964-9426