PA Virtual Charter School is committed to ensuring a passion for lifelong learning one student at a time, regardless of disability.
PA Virtual Charter School is required to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We provide a continuum of Special Education services and are committed to working with parents to provide students with educational experiences that will encourage them to be successful learners.
Our Special Education program includes supports and services for students who have a confirmed educational disability. Specially designed instruction to meet the individual needs of students is delivered by qualified staff through an Individual Education Program (IEP). Students with disabilities are provided the strategies, tools instruction and services that will allow them to maximize their learning.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
In order to qualify for special education, the student must meet one of the 13 disability categories as defined by IDEA and demonstrate a need for special education services (the child requires specifically designed instruction to receive educational benefits).
IDEA defines “children with disabilities” as having any of the following types of disabilities:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impaired
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impaired
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment, including Blindness
If a student is found eligible for special education support and services, the IEP team will develop an individualized educational program (IEP) to meet the student’s unique needs.