East Pennsboro Area School District believes that all students have the capacity to learn when given the right conditions; thus, the school district must vary class size, staffing, instructional strategies, and placement to accommodate individual differences.
One way EPASD provides the right conditions is through the Special Education Department. Within this department, we offer a wide range of programs and services to meet all student’s unique learning needs.
- Learning Support – We provide learning support services in all buildings. Levels of intervention include full-time, supplemental and itinerant support services. The level of service provided to each student is determined by the student’s individual needs and is outlined in their Individualized Educational Program (IEP).
- Emotional Support – We provide emotional support services in all buildings for students who have emotional needs. Itinerant and supplemental services are provided K – 12.
- Speech and Language Support – Four full-time speech clinicians are available to students who have identified speech and/or language impairments.
- Autistic Support – Student’s with autism receive autistic support services within the regular classroom whenever possible. We have special education teachers who work with both the teachers and students to provide specially designed instruction to produce a learning environment were the student with autism can be successful.
- Deaf or Hearing Impaired Support and Blind or Visually Impaired Support – We contract with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) or our consortium for itinerant services in these areas.
- Multiple Disabilities Support and Life Skills Support – Students who have intense needs and are identified as having multiple disabilities or mental retardation may receive services through the Capital Area Intermediate Unit or the consortium. Placement of students at a CAIU program is determined by the IEP team.
For students to receive special education services, a multiple disciplinary evaluation (MDE) must be completed. This evaluation will include an educational psychological evaluation. (For more information on East Pennsboro’s psychological services please see our Psychology Services page) A parent can request an evaluation for their child to determine if they qualify for special education services. More information can be obtained by contacting The Supervisor of Special Education at (717)732-3601 or your child’s guidance counselor.
In Pennsylvania, students qualify for special education services if they have one of the following physical or mental disabilities and need specially designed instruction:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Impairment
- Neurological Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Visual Impairment including blindness
- Speech or Language Impairment
Special Education Secretary