When a student in Pennsylvania needs special education services to help them succeed in school, they are often issued an Individualized Education Program, also referred to as an IEP. An IEP outlines the specific services and/or accommodations that a student may need to get the most out of their education.
In order to obtain an IEP in the state of Pennsylvania, a student must be considered eligible in accordance with two criteria. The eligibility criteria include that the student’s disability is included in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and that the child has a need for specifically designed instruction. The thirteen categories of disability covered under IDEA include the following:
- Intellectual disability
- Traumatic brain injury
- Hearing impairment
- Speech or language impairment
- Visual impairment
- Emotional disturbance
- Orthopedic impairment
- Specific learning disability
- Multiple disabilities
- Other health impairment
What does the IEP include?
When creating an IEP, there are a number of different services or accommodations that should be considered. Some of these may include the child’s needs for learning support, emotional support, life skills support, blind or visually impaired support, deaf or hard of hearing support, speech and language support, physical support, autistic support, or support for multiple disabilities.
Who creates a student’s IEP?
When a student is being considered for an IEP in Pennsylvania, there are certain individuals that must be involved in the process. As a parent, it is important to attend all IEP meetings to make sure all necessary matters are being discussed and that your opinions are also taken into consideration. Pennsylvania law requires the people who are involved in the creation of an IEP include the child’s parent/guardian, at least one special education teacher, at least one of the child’s current teachers, and a school district representative that is permitted to supervise special education programs in the district.
What if the student attends a private school?
If a private school student in Pennsylvania needs an IEP, they can be evaluated by a local school district to determine their eligibility. If the student does need special education services, they can receive them at the local public school for free or continue their education at the private school.
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