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Special Education Department Page


Contact Information:

  • Mrs. Shannon Bennett, Director of Special Education
  • EMail: sbennett@hanoverarea.net
  • Phone: 570-831-2301
  • Fax: 570-831-2332


Services Offered:

The following disabilities are recognized in Pennsylvania for special education programs and services:

Developmental Delay (preschool only)
Emotional Disturbance
Hearing Impairment
Mental Retardation
Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic Impairment
Other Health Impairments
Specific Learning Disability
Speech and Language Impairments
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairments including Blindness

A student must have a disability and be in need of specially designed instruction in order to be eligible to receive special education programs and services.

The Hanover Area School District provides a full continuum of programs and services to students in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act, 2004 (IDEA) and PA Chapter 14 Special Education Program for students with disabilities.  Services are provided in Grades K-12 in both district-operated programs as well as programs that are provided by the Luzerne Intermediate Unit (LIU 18).

District Operated Programs:
Gifted Support (K-12)
Learning Support (K-12)
Life Skills Support (Grades 3-4)
Emotional Support (Grades 5-6)
Speech and Language Support (K-12) 
Psychological Services

Luzerne Intermediate Unit Operated Programs:
Emotional Support
Life Skills Support
Autistic Support
Hearing & Vision Supports
Physical Support
 Multiple disabilities Support
Occupational Therapy

Annual Notifications and Important Special Education Information:
Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
IDEA 2004 Timelines
Special Education Evaluation & re-evaluation Flowcharts

Special Education Public Notice


Please visit the links below for resources and information:



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