Low Incidence Special Education Programs (LSS-MDS)

Low Incidence Special Education Programs (LSS-MDS)


Low Incidence Special Education Programs are designated educational programs for students who are determined to require Autistic Support, Life Skills Support or Multiple Disabilities Support. These programs are named Low Incidence because there is a lower prevalence of their occurrence in general education population. Students in the Low Incidence Special Education Programs are included in the regular school buildings, to the extent determined by the Individual Education Program (IEP) of each child, students may participate in general education programs. Students in Low Incidence Special Education Programs participate in alternative curriculum developed to address educational and functional needs. This curriculum is named the Life Skills Curriculum and includes the following goal sets:

  • Functional Academics:Skills, which represent an application of an academic skill  (e.g., reading, writing, math) to a real life situation at home, on the job, or in the community. This includes skills such as handling money, telling time, reading sight words, etc.
  • Personal Maintenance:Skills that are necessary to care for oneself, including eating, grooming, dressing, toileting and health care.
  • Domestic Maintenance:Skills that are necessary to participate in home life in the community.  This includes skill areas associated with food preparation, shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc.
  • Interpersonal Communication and Social Skills:Skills that are necessary to communicate and interact with others.  This includes skills required to respond to others, follow directions, indicate preferences, communicate, etc. 
  • PreVocational/Vocational:Skills that are necessary to secure and maintain a job. This includes skills involved in specific jobs (e.g., office and clerical skills, restaurant and kitchen skills, etc.) as well as work habits and job related behavior.
  • Recreation and Leisure:Skills that are used to engage in free time activities for pleasure.  This includes such areas as individual sports, travel, spectator activities, hobbies, games etc. 

(CBI) Community-Based Instruction Information For MDS and LSS
Attached are the forms for requesting CBI buses and reimbursements for MDS and LSS classes. The CBI forms must be reviewed and signed by your principal, and must be accompanied by a copy of the data sheets you will use in the community. Please note that the goals you choose must be actual goals or objectives from the IEPs of your students. Please do not use goals to take data on that are not from the student's IEP, even if the goal is for a good skill to practice in the community.  

Low Incidence Program Managers
           Coordinator for Low Incidence Programs (LSS-MDS)
           Office of Specialized Services
           440 N Broad Street
           Philadelphia PA 19130
Judy Anderson- Coordinator of Autistic Support Programs