Special Education Contacts
Mrs. Joni Lefever
Mrs. Courtney Nowak
Mrs. Tracy Heckman
About Special Education
Special education is planned instruction specifically designed to address the educational and related developmental needs of children with disabilities. This includes Early Intervention Services and services for school-age children in grades k-12.
The Manheim Township School District’s Special Education department has Services and Programs available to meet the needs of exceptional students as determined by the Individual Education Program (IEP) teams. The Special Education Department provides programs and services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and PA Chapter 14 Special Education Services Programs. Services are provided according to the educational needs of the child, not the category of disability. Related services are designed to enable the child to participate in or access his or her program of special education. Examples of related services are speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing services, vision services, audiological services, and family training. The District’s goal is to educate each student in the least restrictive environment with the supports and services necessary to ensure the success of the student.
Special Education Plan
A comprehensive Special Education Plan, which is part of Manheim Township School District’s strategic plan, is due to the Pennsylvania Department of Education on a three-year cycle. A new component to the submission process is that each district must have their plan available for public review for 28 days prior to School Board approval. Please click the link below to review the proposed Special Education Plan. If you have any questions or comment, please contact the Special Education Department.