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Are You Concerned That Your Child May Have A Disability?

The Montclair School District is committed to identifying and serving all children and students ages 3 through 21 who may be in need of special education and related services ("eligible students.") The district conducts ongoing identification activities for children in the Montclair Public Schools, private schools, or child care/preschool programs. If your child is referred for an evaluation, you will be notified of the evaluation procedures and timelines. Individualized and specialized services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following disabilities:

  • Auditory impairment (deafness or hearing loss)
  • Autism, Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or other "autism-spectrum" disabilities
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Communication impairment
  • Emotional disturbance/mental health needs
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • "Preschool disabled"
  • Social maladjustment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual impairment (blindness or vision loss)

If you are concerned that your child may have a physical, mental, learning or behavioral disability, you may request free screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the Montclair Public Schools. Make your request in writing to your child's principal, or to the Montclair Public Schools, Pupil Services Department, 22 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042, if your child is not currently enrolled in a Montclair Public School. He or she must, however, be a Montclair resident.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Montclair School District is committed to providing equal access to all of our services and programs, including extracurricular and nonacademic activities, for all students and families. The Montclair School District will provide appropriate accommodations and supports to assist students with disabilities and other special needs to participate to the best of their ability in these activities and programs. These accommodations, services, or related aids will be provided without cost to any eligible student or family. Under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, students with disabilities are students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as eating, seeing, hearing, breathing, speaking, walking, learning, etc. A student does not have to be classified as eligible for special education in order to be protected by Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For further information on the rights of parents and children with disabilities, provision of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time and location), and rights to due process protections, contact your school principal or the Pupil Services Department at (973) 509-4022, or in writing to the Montclair Public Schools, Pupil Services Department, 22 Valley Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042.

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