Contact: Mrs. Melissa Holler, Special Education Coordinator
Welcome to the Allegheny Valley School District Special Education Department
The Allegheny Valley School District provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state regulations. Children ages 3-21 must be eligible for special education services, meeting the eligibility criteria of having a disability as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and being in need of specially designed instruction. Pennsylvania State Standards in Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania School Code identifies the following as areas of disability: Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Visual Impairment including Blindness, Hearing Impairment including Deafness, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and Speech & Language Impairment.
Allegheny Valley School District protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information regarding exceptional and protected handicapped students in accordance with state and federal law and the District's student records policy.
The Special Education Process includes the development of an Evaluation Report (ER) and an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP team determines the level and location of special education services. All students in need of special education services are provided services through district, intermediate unit, private and approved private school programs.
The Allegheny County Family Resource Guide (Click on image) is a compilation of services, systems and resources especially for families of children birth to 21 with developmental delays, special health care needs or disabilities. This online resource provides:
Parent Training Sessions:
Family Engagement: http://www.pattan.net/category/Educational%20Initiatives/Family%20Engagement
PATTAN Parent Page: http://www.pattan.net/category/Educational%20Initiatives/Parent%20Information
PDE Special Ed Consult Line: http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Special%20Education/Pages/Special-Education-in-PA---Consult-Line.aspx#.Vm8IAsqA1ow
Council for Exceptional Children: https://www.cec.sped.org/
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