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Welcome to the Special Education Department, providing excellent services in areas vital  to assuring student success in the Tulpehocken Area School District including Special Education and Gifted Support.  Teachers web pages are accessed through the "Links" dropdown at the right of this page.

Special Education Support is provided for exceptional children, ages 5-21 to support their individual needs. Serving more than 350 students in this program, we offer speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, learning support, emotional support, life skills support, and autistic support.

Gifted Support
is currently provided in each school building. More than 75 students are enriched and accelerated through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), MENSA International, and Common Core aligned activities in reading and math.  Students are also challenged by participation in out-of-district activities such as Mock Trial, Math League competitions, and World Affairs.

School-Based Access Program -
The Pennsylvania Department of Education initiated the ACCESS Program during the 1991-1992 school year. The program, now referred to as the School-Based ACCESS Program (SBAP), is an avenue for school entities to receive additional federal funding through Medicaid dollars for medical/mental health-related special education services rendered by qualified staff to students enrolled in the PA Medical Assistance Program.
Special Education News
Deej -


Robert Rooy, Filmmaker

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

5:45PM Pre-Film Reception; 6:30PM Film

Post-film panel discussion with Robert Rooy,

RACC faculty and community leaders.

DEEJ is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for students with autism who are nonspeaking. As a child, he was trapped in a silent world, abused in foster care, and written off as “retarded”. Now, as a high school student dreaming of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, stubborn obstacles to inclusion, and the often paralyzing beauty of his own senses. As an advocate for others like him, he embraces filmmaking and poetry and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a person with autism who is nonspeaking, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges representing autism. Funded by ITVS, DEEJ is a story told from the inside, by DJ-not by his parents or autism experts. It embodies the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”

For tickets and information: Miller Center Box Office 610.607.6270 or MillerCenter.racc.edu

$5 General Admission

Free for Miller Center members, RACC faculty & students

4 North 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19601

DEEJ is being presented in partnership with:

4 North 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603

“On Screen/In Person” is a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation made

possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

District Office Staff
Lisa M. Kiss
Director of Special Education
27 Rehrersburg Road
Bethel, PA 19507
717 933-4611 ext. 2108
FAX 717 933-9724
[email protected]

Sherri L. Glass
Adm. Assistant to the
Director of Special Education and
ACCESS Co-ordinator
717 933-4611 x 2109
Fax 717 933-9724
[email protected]

Laura Petrosky
School Psychologist
717 933-4611 x 2110
[email protected]
Annual Documents
District Administrative Office
27 Rehrersburg Road
Bethel, PA 19507
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