Office of Special Education and Student Services
Upper Moreland Township School District
Special Education Overview
The Upper Moreland Township School District, in partnership with the community, will provide all students with educational opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for excellence and success as critical thinkers, as caring and confident individuals, and as contributing members of society.
The Upper Moreland Township School District is also committed to the inclusion of all students into the least restrictive environment where they are able to make progress on the goals identified by the IEP team with the appropriate amounts of support and services.
Overview of Services
Upper Moreland School District is committed to providing an individualized continuum of services for students with disabilities. As a District, our goal is to educate students in the least restrictive environment possible, so that they have opportunities to participate and socialize with their general education peers and learn standardized based content. However, we also recognize that some students require additional pull-out services, research-based curriculum programs, and related services in order to make and maintain progress. All special education services are in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and state laws and regulations and are provided at no cost to students who qualify.
All students receiving special education services at Upper Moreland are provided with an individual education program designed to meet their unique learning needs and help them make and maintain growth throughout the school year and beyond. Specially designed instruction and related services are also provided to students to help them access their educational environment.
In order to qualify for special education services, students are evaluated by qualified personnel to determine if they are a student with a disability and in need of specially designed instruction. The federal IDEA law recognizes 13 disability categories:
Autism Specific Learning Disability Emotional Disability Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairments Hearing Impairment including Deafness Intellectual Disability Other Health Impairments Speech and Language Impairments Traumatic Brain Injury Vision Impairment including Blindness Deaf/Blindness
Upper Moreland provides students with disabilities a variety of types and levels of service. The following service types are available to students:
Learning Support Autistic Support Emotional Support Multiple Disabilities Support Speech and Language Support Hearing Support Speech and Language Support Vision Support Physical Support
These types of services are available at varying levels, including:
- Itinerant- Instruction with a special education teacher for less than 20% of the school day
- Supplemental- Instruction with a special education teacher for 20% to 80% of the school day
- Full-Time- Instruction with a special education teacher for greater than 80% of the school day
In addition to the above service types, Upper Moreland also offers related services to help students access their educational curriculum, there services include, but are not limited to:
Speech and Language Therapy Occupational Therapy Vision Therapy Hearing Therapy Counseling Audiology Transportation Orientation and Mobility Physical Therapy Psychological Services Assistive Technology
For additional information on Special Education requests and services, please visit our
Parent Education Information and Links page.
Michelle Lutz- Bio
Senior Director of Services
Executive Assistant to Special Education and Student Services, Registrar