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Special Education

Hampton Township provides a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal regulations. In Pennsylvania, the provision of special education services is governed by Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must be eligible for special education services, meeting the eligibility criteria of having a disability as defined by the Department of Education, and be in need of specially designed instruction. Areas of disability as set forth by Pennsylvania Department of Education include Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Visual Impairment including Blindness, Hearing Impairment including Deafness, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Speech/Language Impairment.

For further information, please contact Dr. Smith.

Dr. Sharon Smith
Director of Special Education

In July 2023, Dr. Smith was a panelist during the edLeader Panel “Inclusive Technology: Breaking Barriers and Empowering Learners.” Read more about Dr. Smith’s discussion about the critical role of integrating inclusive technology systems within Hampton here:

As of September 5, 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has changed the law that students receiving special education services can stay in school until the day before their 22nd birthday.  This change allows all 2023 grads, who aged out at 21, to come back if they want to participate until they reach the age of 22.  Please visit the link below for information about the amended law.  If after reviewing the link you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Sharon Smith, Director of Special Education at .