Educational Support

Special Education

Children with developmental delays, mental or physical disabilities, or special health care needs who are enrolled in public schools may qualify for special education and/or other types of support services. 

Federal and state laws require that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Federal and state law also require that students with disabilities be provided with accommodations, modifications and supports which allow them equal access to the regular education curriculum -- as well as physical access to the building and all programs and activities that are available to other students.

Your child’s school district or “Intermediate Unit”  (regional educational service agencies that are part of public education in Pennsylvania) can provide detailed information about special education.

Intermediate Units

Resource Contact Information

Pittsburgh-Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit (IU 2)
Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (IU 3)
Serves children in Allegheny County outside of the city of Pittsburgh