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Special Education – School-Age

Special Education Classrooms and Services

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.

BCIU’s involvement in school-age special education is extensive and varied; it responds to the community’s need to care for a population of students who face a wide range of challenges. Classroom programs provide educational programming, such as life skills support and preparation for independent living. BCIU’s special education professionals travel throughout the county to provide many related services, including audiological, psychological, sign language interpreting, and more.

School districts must make referrals for services by submitting a School-Age Service Request Form to the BCIU.

Program Contact Info

Brian Hocking
610-987-8504
brihoc@berksiu.org

Social Info

Classroom Programs

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.

Four students in the Project SEARCH program pose on steps with their Penn State St. Joseph polos.

Project SEARCH

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

Woman's hands gesturing in sign language

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.

One student using calculator, one taking notes - only hands are visible

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.

Special Education Services

BrainSTEPS

BrainSTEPS is a “Brain Injury School Re-Entry” model that is being established across Pennsylvania.

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CASSP

Child & Adolescent Services System Program

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Extended School Year

The Extended School Year (ESY) program serves students who demonstrate regression and limited ability to recoup academic information during planned school breaks.

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Hearing Support

The BCIU provides hearing support services to students ages 5 through 21 from various Berks County school districts.

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Orientation & Mobility

The BCIU provides orientation and mobility (O&M) services to students ages 5 through 21 from various Berks County school districts.

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Paraprofessionals

The BCIU provides paraprofessional services to students ages 5 through 21 from various Berks County school districts.

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Psychological Services

The BCIU provides psychological services to students ages 5 through 21 from various Berks County school districts.

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Speech & Language

The BCIU provides speech and language support services to students ages 5 through 21 from various Berks County school districts.

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Vision Support

The BCIU provides vision support services to visually impaired students ages 5 through 21 from various Berks County school districts.

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