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National Association of

Private Special Education Centers

Representing private early intervention services, schools,

residential therapeutic centers, postsecondary and adult living programs

serving individuals with disabilities and their families since 1971




Private Specialized Education Programs


There are 6.6 million students with disabilities being served through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the United States. Of these students, 3.4% are being served in private specialized day and/or residential programs. IDEA requires that a continuum of alternative placements and services exist in order to address the individual needs of students with disabilities.  NAPSEC member programs provide educational therapeutic services to both publicly and privately placed individuals that are not able to be successfully educated in the regular education environment. These services also include infants and toddlers that are served by our early intervention service members and our postsecondary college experience and adult living programs that serve individuals who have graduated or who are over 21 and are no longer eligible for services under IDEA.






United States

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May 19, 2016


Congratulating NAPSEC

on 45 Years of Service



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On the Other Side of the Fence  is both a documentary and the name of an original musical that has been performed for 30 years. It is a story about building community, accepting differences, building friendship & embracing diversity. It is a collaboration of two programs and features students from the HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy, a NAPSEC Member located in Philadelphia, PA.  Enjoy!






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