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
    Audra Fletcher
    (856) 869-7750 ext 7313

    Denise Weachter
    (856) 869-7750 ext 7314



  • The SEPAG will meet on TBD in the Haddon Township High School media center at 7:00 p.m.  Please see the Special Education Services page on the HTSD website for information about this group.  Please also RSVP to dcotter@htsd.us  to ensure appropriate accommodations for the meeting. 

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  • A Christmas Carol

    McCarter Theatre Center is planning a sensory -sensitive, relaxed performance on 12/28 @ 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 and available online.

    Relaxed Performances provide a welcoming and judgment-free environment for people on the autism spectrum, with cognitive and developmental differences, other sensory or communication needs, so that they and their families may enjoy live performance together—everyone is welcome!

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  • The Franklin Institute can sometimes seem a little overwhelming.  It can be crowded, loud, and bright.  That’s why we are pleased to offer Sensory-Friendly Sunday. 

    It is our goal to make Sensory-Friendly Sunday a comfortable environment for kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences.  On Sensory-Friendly Sunday, our exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity to experience all The Franklin Institute has to offer for people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities.  Our trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have and, if necessary, direct you to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. 

    Complimentary admission is available for pre-registered guests, as well as for guests arriving between 8:00am and 9:30am. Pre-registration closes at 5:00pm on the Thursday before the event.

    Event Hours: 8:00am -12:00pm

    Regular museum rates apply after 9:30 am unless pre-registered.

    Please visit the Franklin Institute website for updated information and rates.  

    DATES:  October 28,  December 2


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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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 Dana Cotter, LDT/C, M.Ed.



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.