Special Education Services

The U.S. Congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to assure that all children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs in the least restrictive environment. In accordance with this law and Pennsylvania School Code (Chapter 14), Souderton Area School District provides, without cost to parents, screenings and evaluations, appropriate programs, and services to all students thought to be exceptional and in need of specially designed instruction and related services. Services are provided for the full range of disabilities listed below:
  • Autism (including Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness / Hearing Impaired
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness
Every effort is made to serve students at their home schools using an inclusive approach towards instructional delivery. For those children whose educational needs cannot be met in a district program, placements are made in Montgomery County Intermediate Unit classes or alternative/approved private schools.

Special education instruction is aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and students fully participate, with testing accommodations when appropriate, in all district and state-wide assessment programs. A guiding principle in the delivery of instruction to students with special needs is that standards-based instruction provides a solid foundation for all students to master the academic content, skills, and competencies for lifelong learning, independence, and professional growth. Students participate in all school activities including vocational education programs which may be community based or provided through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.

For further information about Special Education, please contact:
  • Elementary:
    Barbara Bescher
    Supervisor of Special Education - Elementary [email protected]

  • Middle Schools:
    Carleen Flansbury
    Supervisor of Special Education - Middle Schools [email protected]

  • High School:
    Matthew Montagna
    Supervisor of Special Education - High School [email protected]