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Lower Merion School District


Special Education

Lower Merion School District provides an extensive range of educational services and supports for students with special needs within our schools. These services include: Learning Support, Emotional Support, Autistic Support, and Life Skills Support. Speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing support, vision therapy, and transition services also are provided to eligible students requiring these services due to an educational need. A broad array of supplementary aids and services to support students' educational needs includes communication devices, audio versions of books, assistive technology, a braille production center, and pre-vocational opportunities. The continuum of programs and services for children with disabilities varies in accordance with the changing needs of our community.

Proposed Special Education Plan

LMSD’s Special Education Plan is an action plan that describes the District’s commitment to ensure a quality education will be provided to each of its students with a disability eligible for special education.  This plan is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and must be updated every three years.  The plan describes the special education program and services that are provided within the District and those special education programs and services which are accessed by the District from outside our geographical bounds.  The plan aligns with the District’s Strategic Plan and ties nicely with the Cyclical Monitoring for Continuous Improvement, which is a comprehensive assessment of the District’s special education supports and services by PDE every six years.   The draft plan is posted for a 28-day public review period and all LMSD stakeholders are encouraged to review the plan and provide feedback.  All feedback provided will be carefully reviewed and considered by the steering committee.  Feedback can be provided electronically by clicking the link below. 

The Special Education Administrative team is also offering feedback sessions for parents/guardians and community members who prefer to talk personally with someone regarding their feedback.  This in-person session is being offered on June 21, 2022 from 5-6pm at the District Administrative Building in the Board Room.  Registration is not required.

The 28-day review period has ended.  All feedback provided during the review period was carefully reviewed and given full consideration.

Kimberly Fraser

Director of Student Services and Special Education

Beth Cavalier

Supervisor of Special Education Grades 4-6

Stefani Doyle

Special Education Supervisor Grades K-3 and Early Intervention

Gwen Nartowicz

Supervisor of Special Education Grades 7-9

Adil Nure

Lead Supervisor of Student Services & Gifted Education

Melissa Sinapi-Gibson

Lead Supervisor of Special Education, Supervisor of Special Education Grades 10-12