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555 Union Blvd.

Allentown, PA 18109

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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555 Union Blvd.

Allentown, PA 18109

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday to Friday

Special Education

Special Education

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapters 711 of the State Board Regulations, our special education programs at EEACS ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and that each family has the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards. Specific details about our special education programs can be found in our Policies and Procedures section of the website.
Here at EEACS we believe all students should be included in the general education environment to the maximum extent possible. The following goals are what we aim to achieve when it comes to determining how student’s with IEPs will be included in the general education setting:
  • individualized planning using the full potential of the MDT and IEP processes;
  • recognition of particular educational, social and communications needs of individuals and groups, and a recognition of how natural social interaction and effective communication makes educational achievement more likely;
  • a careful analysis of needed services, for the purpose of determining whether those services are sufficiently “portable” to be included as part of a regular class placement;
  • organization of schools so that class room teachers have the training and support needed to allow the class room teacher and the students to succeed;
  • education in the regular classroom whenever possible, and a full continuum of alternative placements for those cases in which students cannot succeed even in enhanced regular classes; and
  • an application of the successful practices already being used by some, across an increasing number of schools and school districts.
To accomplish these goals, and thus to implement the least restrictive environment requirements that have long been part of special education law, the special education department will place a lot of energy into providing the best instructional practices, collaborating with general education, and increasing communication with parents. A willingness to learn from the successful experiences of others, and a willingness to create one’s own success through innovative inclusive programs, will remain crucial to all of our students. The special education department encourages this sense of willingness, and would like to capitalize on it by fostering the knowledge and the practice of inclusion of students with disabilities in the regular setting.
The following programs are some of the services offered at EEACS:
Learning Support Program, which includes the following:
  • Co-Teaching
  • Resource Room Support
  • Adapted Courses
  • Direct Instruction Sessions
  • Targeted Transition Services and Activities
Emotional Support Program, which includes the following:
  • Co-Teaching
  • Small Group Social Skills Instruction
  • Individual & Group Counseling
  • PBSP
  • Targeted Transition Services and Activities
  • Behavior Intervention
Autistic Support Program, which includes the following:
  • Co-Teaching
  • Small Group Social Skills Instruction
  • Speech & Language Support
  • PBSP
Speech & Language Program, which includes the following:
  • Direct Instruction Sessions – Individual & Group
Related Services, which include the following:
  • Speech & Language
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Vision Support
  • Hearing Support
  • Counseling Services
  • Psycho Educational Services
  • School Health Services
  • Behavior Intervention Program
  • Specialized Transportation
REFERENCES
State Board of Education Regulations
22 Pa. Code Sections 14.41 – 14.5
22 Pa. Code Section 14.56
Department of Education Standards
22 Pa. Code Sections 342.41 through 342.46
Federal Statue
20 U.S.C. Sections 1412(5) (B) and 1414(a)(1)(C)(iv), (IDEA)
Federal Regulations
34 CFR Sections 300.550 through 300.556
Other
Oberti v. Clementon School District, 995 F.2d 1204 (3d Cir. 1993)
Attachment:
An Inclusion Checklist for Your School
CONTACT
Bureau of Special Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333