Eric Gladfelter, Director of Pupil Services
Amy Glascott, School Psychologist,
Tinicum, PALMS and PHS
Hillary Strong, School Psychologist,
Springfield, Durham Nockamixon and PHS
Special Education Facilitator
PHS Cyber Center Teacher
Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs, Services for Gifted Students, and Services for Protected Handicapped Students
(Revised May 20, 2009)click here
In compliance with state and federal law, the Palisades 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 extracurricular 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 evaluation procedures and provision of services to protect handicapped students, contact your child's counselor at the school.
Inclusion Philosophy Statement
· Inclusion means providing all students with minimal to significant disabilities with meaningful educational programming in the regular education environment to the maximum extent possible. Educational barriers will be minimized by providing the appropriate supports and services, allowing the student to achieve individual goals and objectives as an active participant of the class.
· An ongoing Inclusion Committee, consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, consultants from the local Intermediate Unit, and a representative from a parent support agency has been established. The committee is charged with overseeing the district’s inclusion efforts, recommending activities to enhance inclusive education, and monitoring and promoting effective educational practices. The philosophy statement (above) was developed in accordance with the
· The benefits of inclusive educational programming to both regular education and special education students include:
- acceptance and greater self-esteem.
- physical, social and academic skill growth.
- acceptance of individual differences.
- learning through peer teaching/tutoring.
- modeling, mentoring and nurturing others.
· An informational packet regarding inclusive educational practices in the