The Norristown Area School District is committed to helping your child achieve his/her educational potential. Each school screens students in grades K-12 who are having difficulty learning and who may be eligible for special education. Multidisciplinary Evaluations (MDE’s), designed to assess the learning needs of individual students, may be conducted at any time during the school year. MDE’s may be initiated by the school staff or at the request of a parent. The purpose of educational screening and MDE’s is to identify students who may need special support to succeed in regular education and/or who may be eligible for special education. Special education services are available for children with the following disabilities: Autism, blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, intellectual disability (ID), multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), orthopedic impairment, other health impairment (OHI), emotional disturbance (ED), specific learning disability (SLD), speech and language impairment (SLI), and deaf-blindness. To request a multidisciplinary evaluation for a school-aged child, contact your child’s teacher, School counselor, or school principal. All information collected for individual children during the MDE process is protected in accordance with state and federal law and by the school district’s policy on confidentiality of students’ records.
NASD offers a continuum of special education services for students in all grade levels. Students who qualify for special education suports can receive them through a variety of ways. NASD offers programming for learning support, emotional support, life skills support, multiple disabilities support, speech and language support and Autistic support. We also provide related services, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy.