Special Education

Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services

The Wissahickon School District provides special education services for all eligible students in K-12. Our special education programs are either operated by our school district or the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Services by disability area are listed as follow:

  • Autism
  • Deaf – Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Gifted Support Program
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Multi-disabilities
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Services
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment including blindness
  • Other Health Impairments

The Wissahickon School District conducts ongoing child-find activities for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. If you believe that your school-age child may need special education and related services, you or your child’s teachers can make a request to the Child Study Team (CST) to explore general education supports or classroom modifications. Multi-disciplinary evaluation (MDE) may follow for those not making sufficient progress with CST support.

Parents may also directly request a multi-disciplinary evaluation regardless of whether their child attends public, private or parochial school. Upon receipt of that request, the District will collect information from the child’s current educational setting, the parent, and any private reports, to determine whether the District will issue a Permission to Evaluate or a Notice of Recommend Educational Placement (NOREP) denying the request for the evaluation.

In compliance with State and Federal Law, the Wissahickon School District will provide to each protected handicapped student, without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide access for a student to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. These services for protected handicapped students are distinct from those applicable to all exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.

If you would like more information about the referral process you may contact your building principal, school counselor or the Special Education Department.

Early Intervention: Please note if a pre-school child is suspected of being eligible for early intervention, evaluation and services are provided through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Information can be obtained by calling (610) 755-9400 and asking for the Early Intervention Department.


 

Mission

The mission of the Wissahickon School District’s Special Education Department is to provide a distinctive educational experience based on students’ individualized strengths and needs, with a goal of preparation for success in the paths each student chooses to pursue.

Vision

Wissahickon School District’s Special Education Department recognizes and values individual differences among students. Our focus is on providing educational programming that enables, empowers, and meets the academic, physical, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of every student; while maintaining high expectations that prepare our students to become successful, contributing members of society.

Through strong relationships and collaboration of stakeholders, our goal is to ensure the availability of a full continuum of program options to fit the unique needs of all students, to support their educational progress, and to realize their potential in school and the community.

Contacts
 

Kelle Heim-McCloskey, Director of Student Services

Cindy Jampo, Secretary of Special Education

Ryan Wilson, Supervisor of Special Education and Early Intervention

Kate Jacovino, Special Education and Extended School Year

Anne Miller, Secretary of Special Education