Special Programs and Services Overview

When a student requires a special education program or service because of a disability, the local school district is required to provide a free appropriate public education to meet the student's needs. If, for some reason, the local school district cannot provide this service, the Intermediate Unit may provide the program. In compliance with federal and state requirements, the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit (CLIU) offers a wide variety of special education programs and services.

The CLIU staff plans and consults with each of the fourteen (14) school districts within Carbon and Lehigh Counties to determine the student's needs for special education programs and services. Eligibility for special education programs and services is determined after the student receives a Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Evaluation (MDE) and the development of an Individual Educational Program (IEP) which indicates the specially designed instruction needed by the student. Due process procedures are followed which include written parental permission prior to evaluation and/or placement of the student.

The following disabilities are recognized in Pennsylvania for special education programs and services.

 Autism
 Deafness
 Emotional Disturbance
 Mental retardation
 Orthopedic impairment
 Specific learning disability
 Traumatic Brain Injury
 Deaf/Blindness
 Developmental delay (preschool only)
 Hearing Impairment
 Multiple disabilities
 Other health impairments
 Speech and language impairment
 Visual impairment including blindness

A student must have a disability and be in need of specially designed instruction in order to be eligible to receive special education programs and services.

Further information regarding Intermediate Unit Special Education Programs and Services may be obtained by contacting Jack Houser, the director of Special Programs and Services, at houserj@cliu.org

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