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Special Education

Life Skills Students

The Wissahickon School District provides special education services for all eligible students in K-12. Our special education programs are either operated by our school district or the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Services by disability area are listed as follows:

  • Autism
  • Deaf – Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Gifted Support Program
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Multi-disabilities
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Services
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment including blindness
  • Other Health Impairments

Important Notification: Change of Age of Eligiblity

The Wissahickon School District was notified of an important change to PA policy for Age of Eligibility for Student who were and are eligible for Special Education services:

On August 30, 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (“PDE”) issued a directive to all local education agencies regarding the age of eligibility for students to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this directive, the age of eligibility for students to receive FAPE was 21 years old. Students who turned 21 years old prior to a school term were unable to return to school. A student who turned 21 years old during a school term completed their education at the end of the school year or Extended School Year program during the year in which they turned 21. Pennsylvania has now revised the policy to have students to be educated up until their 22nd birthday.

Please view the link for more information from the PA Department of Education.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Laubscher, Kate Jacovino or Dr. Kelle Heim-McCloskey.

Special Education team

Key Contacts
Main Phone: 
ext. 1410

Kelle Heim-Mccloskey, Ed. D.
Director of Student Services

Cindy Jampo
Secretary to the Director of Student Services 
ext. 1410

Kate Jacovino
Supervisor of Special Education and Early Intervention
ext. 1435

Suzanne Laubscher
Supervisor of Special Education
ext. 1425

Hameda Bevivino
Secretary to the Supervisors of Special Education
ext. 1400

Kevin Witchey, Sr. 
Home and School Visitor
ext. 1409


The mission of the Wissahickon School District’s Special Education Department is to provide a distinctive educational experience based on students’ individualized strengths and needs, with a goal of preparation for success in the paths each student chooses to pursue.


Wissahickon School District’s Special Education Department recognizes and values individual differences among students. Our focus is on providing educational programming that enables, empowers, and meets the academic, physical, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of every student; while maintaining high expectations that prepare our students to become successful, contributing members of society.

Through strong relationships and collaboration of stakeholders, our goal is to ensure the availability of a full continuum of program options to fit the unique needs of all students, to support their educational progress, and to realize their potential in school and the community.