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Special Education

Serving Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Students

The Berks County Intermediate Unit’s special education services include programming for pre-school, elementary, and secondary students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

BCIU services for these young people may include life skills support classes or classes for students who are hearing impaired. Additional support options could include: job coaching, psychological services, sign language interpreting, and services from teachers of the hearing and visually impaired.

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Does Your Child Need Services?

The BCIU Can Help

Learn more about having your child evaluated for speech, language, or other developmental needs. Our experienced and caring staff are available to help you determine the appropriate resource or service for your child.

Local Right to Education Task Force

The Task Force functions as an independent organization of parents and other residents of Berks County who are interested in working with school districts, IU14, and community agencies to further the rights of students with special needs. The primary purpose of the Right to Education Local Task Force is to make recommendations that assist in improving, strengthening, expanding, and monitoring programs and services for school-age children with special needs. It also serves as a vehicle for professional development opportunities according to parent and participant interest.

Preschool Early Intervention

Preschool Early Intervention in Pennsylvania consists of services and supports designed to help families with children ages 3 to 5 who have developmental delays. It is a process that promotes collaboration among parents, caregivers, service providers, and others significantly involved with your child.

Services help address your concerns about your child’s development and enhance your family’s capacity to meet the developmental needs of your child in the setting where children would be if they did not have a disability.

Ever since it was founded in 1971, the Berks County Intermediate Unit has been providing special education programs and services to school-age children in Berks County. In partnership with the county’s public and non-public schools, BCIU works to help students with special needs succeed in school and in adult life after graduation.

Students and teachers in the BCIU's PAL program pose on graduation day 2019

Preparation for Adult Life

This program, located in the Berks Career and Technology Center – East Campus with access to community settings, serves students with special needs from all school districts.

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Project SEARCH

Located at Penn State Health St. Joseph’s downtown location, this program serves eligible students from all school districts.

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP) classrooms use what is called “total communication,” combining sign language, speech, speech reading, and use of residual hearing to meet the unique needs of each student.

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Transition House

The BCIU’s Transition House Program in Birdsboro assists high school seniors with mild-to-moderate disabilities transition from the familiar environment of high school to employment and independent living.

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