Protected Handicapped Students

The State Board of Education recently passed a new chapter of regulations concerning the rights of certain handicapped students.
The new Chapter 15 of Title 22 outlines the rights of students who need medical services during the school day but who do not require specialized instruction and therefore are not in special education.
In accordance with Chapter 15, the Wilson Area School District will provide each protected handicapped student enrolled in the district, without cost to the student or family, those related aids, services, or accommodations which are needed to afford the student equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program without discrimination and to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities.

In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student under Chapter 15, a student must:

  • Be of school age; and

  • Have a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the student's school program.


These services and protections for "protected handicapped students" are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.


If you feel your child's disability substantially limits or prohibits participation in the school program, and are interested in discussing related aids, services, or accommodations, please contact your child's building principal or school nurse.