Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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The Ambridge Area School District provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state regulations. Children ages 3-21 must be eligible for special education services, meeting the eligibility criteria of having a disability as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and being in need of specially designed instruction.   Pennsylvania State Standards in Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania School Code identifies the following as areas of disability: Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Visual Impairment including Blindness, Hearing Impairment including Deafness, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and Speech & Language Impairment.


A school age child is eligible for special education when he/she is identified as having one of these physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities AND is in need of specially instruction.


The Ambridge Area School District provides a continuum of special education services. These include:

  • Gifted Support
  • Learning Support
  • Life Skills Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Autistic Support
  • Speech and Language Support


Students who meet the criteria for special education may also receive related services.  Such related services must be necessary to benefit from his/her special education program.  These related services can include:

  • Audiology Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Extended School Year
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • School Health Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Speech and Language
  • Transportation

The following documents will assist parents in navigating through the special education process:

Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

ACHIEVA and the Arc of Beaver