• Programs for Eligible or Protected

    Handicapped Students

     

                                     In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given

    By the Upper Merion Area School District that it conducts ongoing

      identification activities as part of its school program for the purpose

     of identifying students who may be in need of special education and

     related services.  If your child is identified by the district as possibly

      needing such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures.

           Individualized services and programs are available for children who are

          Determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following

                                     conditions:

     

    1.          Autism/pervasive development disorder

    2.          Visual impairment (including blindness)

    3.          Hearing impairment (including deafness)

    4.          Developmental delay

    5.          Mentally gifted

    6.          Mental retardation

    7.          Multi disabilities

    8.          Traumatic brain injury

    9.          Other health impairment

    10.       Orthopedic impairment

    11.       Serious emotional disturbance

    12.       Specific learning disability

    13.       Speech and language impairment

     

    Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans

                                     with Disabilities Act,  some school age children with disabilities who do

                                     not meet the eligibility criteria under the IDEIA might nevertheless be

                                     eligible for special protections and for adaptations and accommodations

                                     in instruction, facilities, and activities.  Children are entitled to such

                                     protections, adaptations, and accommodations if they have a mental or

                                     physical disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or

                                     access to an aspect of the school program.

     

                                      If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special

                                      education  services and related programs screening and evaluation

                                      processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility

                                      are available to you at no cost, upon written request.  You may request

                                      screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is

                                      enrolled in the district’s public program.  Requests for evaluation and

                                      screening are to be made in writing to the appropriate building principal

                                      or the Director of Student Services, Upper Merion Area School

                                      District, 435 Crossfield Road, King of Prussia, PA. 19406.

     

                                      In compliance with state and federal law the Upper Merion Area

                                      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 equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits

                                      of the school program and extra-curricular activities to the maximum

                                      extent appropriate to the student’s abilities.  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 and protections for “protected handicapped students” are

                                      distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students

                                      enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.  For

                                      further information on the rights of parents and children, provisions

                                      of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time, and

                                      location), you may contact in writing the Director of Student Services
                                  or any building principal.