• Special Education

    In compliance with state and federal law, the Bensalem Township School District conducts ongoing Child Find activities for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and/or related services.

    The Bensalem Township School District provides a continuum of services to support eligible students in their educational program from K - 12. Students may receive services ranging from supplemental aids and services in a general education class to a full time replacement program provided in a special education setting by a certified special education teacher.

    Appropriate services and programs are provided for children who have a disability and are determined to need specially designed instruction based on the following Pennsylvania Chapter 14 eligibility categories:

    • Autism
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Deafness/Hearing Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Speech & Language Impairment
    • Blindness/Visual Impairment
    • Deaf-Blindness

    If your child is determined to be eligible for such services, you will be notified of the need to develop an Individual Educational Program (IEP) and the related procedures.

    If you feel your child may be in need of special education services, please contact your child’s school guidance counselor or the special education office to discuss your concerns and the evaluation process.


    Main Telephone Number: (215) 750-2800

    Name and Title Ext.
    Brian Cohen
    Director of Special Services
    Bradley Fay
    Supervisor of Special Education 
    Shannon McMahon
    Supervisor of Special Education
    Dr. Ed Sczesniak
    Supervisor of Special Education
    Dr. Colleen Barr
    School Psychologist, Cornwells Elementary School
    Dr. Diane Barrett
    School Psychologist, Benjamin Rush Elementary School
    Monica Dougherty
    School Psychologist, Belmont Hills Elementary School
    Dr. Andrea Hiralall
    School Psychologist, Struble Elementary School and Snyder Middle School
    Dr. Gail Karafin
    School Psychologist, Bensalem High School and Off-Site
    Dr. Jennifer McKeever
    School Psychologist, Bensalem High School and Shafer Middle School
    Karen Mwaniki
    School Psychologist, Faust Elementary School
    Justin Rubenstein
    School Psychologist, Bensalem High School
    Dr. Ellyn Schwartz
    School Psychologist, Valley Elementary School