Types of Special Needs Supports
If your child has one or more of the listed educational disabilities (see Educational Disabilities page) and requires specially designed instruction, he/she has access to multiple supports. The level/amount of support is determined by the IEP team. The types of support that the School District or outside agencies, including the Chester County Intermediate Unit, provide to students with educational disabilities, as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are:
Autistic support—for students with the educational disability of autism who demonstrate the need for services to address needs primarily in the areas of communication, social skills and/or behaviors consistent with those of autism spectrum disorders.
Blind-visually impaired support—for students with the disability of visual impairment including blindness, requiring services to address needs primarily in the areas of accessing print, and other visually presented materials, and orientation and mobility, including access to the community.
Deaf and hard of hearing support—for students with the disability of deafness or hearing impairment, requiring services to address needs primarily in the area of reading and communication.
Emotional support—for students with a disability requiring services primarily in the areas of emotional or social development, the lack thereof impacting their ability to make reasonable academic progress.
Learning support—for students with a disability requiring services in reading, writing, mathematics, and/or speaking or listening skills as related to academic performance.
Life skills support—for students whose disability requires services in academic, functional or vocational skills necessary for independent living.
Multiple disabilities support—services for students with more than one disability, the result of which is severe impairment requiring services primarily in the areas of academic, functional or vocational skills necessary for independent living.
Physical support—services for students with a physical disability that require services primarily in the areas of functional motor skills development, including adapted physical education or use of assistive technologies designed to provide or facilitate the development of functional motor capacity or skills.
Speech and language support—services for students with speech and/or language impairments who require services in communication or the use of assistive technologies designed to provide or facilitate the development of communication capacity or skills.