Service for special needs children below school age, who reside in Deer Lakes School District, are provided through two different systems. Programming for children from birth through age two is funded through the PA Department of Welfare (DPW). This programming is coordinated by the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, Inc., (412) 431-1905.
Children, who are three years old to school entry age, are provided services through PA Department of Education (PDE) funding. This preschool program is presently coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Early Childhood and Family Support Services program, DART (Discovery, Assessment, Referral, and Tracking). Information about these services can be provided by calling (412) 394-5736.
If my school age child is eligible for special education, what services are offered?
- Multiple Disabilities Support
- Life Skills Support
- Hearing Impaired Support
- Emotional Support
- Gifted Support
- Visually Impaired
- Physical Support
- Autistic Support
- Speech/Language Support
Could you briefly describe some of these services?
Our Multiple Disabilities and Life Skills Services provide for children through 21 years of age. The activities in these classes are based on the needs of the students and are designed to prepare them for actual life situations. Since these students will be involved in community activities, functional skills such as riding public transportation, shopping, planning and preparing meals, and developing leisure time interests are a major component of this program.
Other students may be provided with Learning Support, Physical Support, or Emotional Support Services. The student’s curriculum may be adapted to include specifically designed instruction, visual or hearing support, occupational therapy, or even a behavior plan specifically designed to meet the individual needs of the child. In the Deer Lakes School District a full continuum of services is provided ranging from supportive intervention in the regular setting to full time placements.