Special Education Services

  • Welcome to the special education services department of the Haddon Township School District. It is our hope that this section provides you with the information you are seeking in regard to special education and student services within the Haddon Township Public Schools. If at any time you are unable to find the information you are seeking, please contact the Office of Special Services at (856) 869-7750 ext 7313.
    The Special Services Department supports Haddon Township School District's Philosophy of Education. We believe in providing a variety of special education programs to address the individual needs of students with disabilities.  The special services department makes every effort to support students in the general education program when deemed appropriate based on their specific educational needs.

    Supervisor of Special Services
    Dana Cotter
    (856) 869-7750 ext 7313

    Administrative Assistants
    Sheila Forbes
    (856) 869-7750 ext 7313

    Denise Weachter
    (856) 869-7750 ext 7314



  • On Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7pm, Haddon Township High School will be hosting a virtual meeting with the Director of Disability Services at Camden County College, Taryn Burkholder. 
    Ms. Burkholder will review the supports and services commonly provided at colleges for students with disabilities such as ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health needs, and more.  She will also explain the process for requesting supports and services at Camden County College that is similar to many other colleges.  
    Please join us at 7 pm on 4/26/21 (please email Dcotter@htsd.us for link)
    This information session is open to all parents of students with 504 Plans and IEP's and your student does not need to be considering Camden County College in order for you to attend!  It's a great opportunity to hear how things work at the college level in regards to requesting and accessing supports and services for disabilities.  
    Dana Wolfe is inviting you to Camden County College Office of Disability Services Zoom meeting with Director Taryn Burkholder.
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    If you are interested in joining the SEPAG group, please email Dana Cotter at dcotter@htsd.us.

    Please see the Special Education Services page on the HTSD website for information about this group.


    Meeting ID: 826 7677 9543
    Passcode: 700651
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  • The Camden County Division of Programming for Individuals with disABILITIES and Special Needs offers a wide range of activities and programs throughout the year. Most programs are free to attend, but registration is required. Activities include:
    • Miracle League Baseball at Boundless Field
    • Monthly Dances
    • Bingo Nights
    • Camp Sunnyside
    • Adaptive Rowing
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Exercise
    • Golf Lessons
    • County Park Walks and Bike Rides
    • Make and Take Nature Classes
    • I-Can Bike Clinic
    • Therapeutic Horseback Riding
    • Choir, Bell Choir
    • Ice Skating
    • Dance Lessons
    • Roller Skating

    For a list of upcoming disABILITIES and Special Needs events, visit our event calendar by clicking here.

    Be the first to know by subscribing to the disABILITIES and Special Needs email newsletter.

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Degrees and Certifications:

Dana Cotter, LDT/C, M.Ed.

Dana Cotter is the Supervisor of Special Services for the Haddon Township School District.  She has been working in Special Education for over 25 years, initially working at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) of Rutgers University.  At the DDDC, Ms. Cotter was a classroom teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Coordinator of Home Programming.  Ms. Cotter also served as a behavior and educational consultant through Douglass Outreach at Rutgers University.  She has presented locally and nationally on special education topics including Paraprofessional Training, Classroom Management, Collaboration with Parents, Social Skill Instruction, Applied Behavior Analysis, Reinforcement, Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Functional Behavior Assessment, Functional Communication Training, Teaching Safety skills, Inclusion, and Positive Behavior Supports.  Ms. Cotter received the Excellence in Teaching Award – “Teacher of the Year,”  from the Center for Outreach Services of the Autism Community (COSAC).

Ms. Cotter has been with the Haddon Township School District since 2007, starting as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT/C) and case manager.  She has been the Supervisor of Special Services in Haddon Township since 2015.


contact:  856 869 7750 x 7313