Upper Merion Area School District

Inspiring Excellence

Programs for Eligible or Protected

Handicapped Students


                                 In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given

By the Upper Merion Area School District that it conducts ongoing

  identification activities as part of its school program for the purpose

 of identifying students who may be in need of special education and

 related services.  If your child is identified by the district as possibly

  needing such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures.

       Individualized services and programs are available for children who are

      Determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following



1.          Autism/pervasive development disorder

2.          Visual impairment (including blindness)

3.          Hearing impairment (including deafness)

4.          Developmental delay

5.          Mentally gifted

6.          Mental retardation

7.          Multi disabilities

8.          Traumatic brain injury

9.          Other health impairment

10.       Orthopedic impairment

11.       Serious emotional disturbance

12.       Specific learning disability

13.       Speech and language impairment


Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans

                                 with Disabilities Act,  some school age children with disabilities who do

                                 not meet the eligibility criteria under the IDEIA might nevertheless be

                                 eligible for special protections and for adaptations and accommodations

                                 in instruction, facilities, and activities.  Children are entitled to such

                                 protections, adaptations, and accommodations if they have a mental or

                                 physical disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or

                                 access to an aspect of the school program.


                                  If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special

                                  education  services and related programs screening and evaluation

                                  processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility

                                  are available to you at no cost, upon written request.  You may request

                                  screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is

                                  enrolled in the district’s public program.  Requests for evaluation and

                                  screening are to be made in writing to the appropriate building principal

                                  or the Director of Student Services, Upper Merion Area School

                                  District, 435 Crossfield Road, King of Prussia, PA. 19406.


                                  In compliance with state and federal law the Upper Merion Area

                                  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 extra-curricular 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 rights of parents and children, provisions

                                  of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time, and

                                  location), you may contact in writing the Director of Student Services
                              or any building principal.