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The ACLD Tillotson School is a co-educational special education day school located in Pittsburgh, PA. The school was founded in 1972 by a not-for-profit corporation,   ACLD -  Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities.  The school provides a range of highly qualified special education programs and services to students ages 5 through 21.  The ACLD Tillotson School is licensed by the PA State Board of Private Academic Schools and approved by the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education.  The school is located in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh and has served school districts within a seven county region: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland. 

The ACLD Tillotson School is one of the original thirty-four Approved Private Schools that provide highly-specialized programs and services to approximately 4,000 of the Commonwealth's school-age students. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Approved Private Schools were created by legislation, Section 1376 of the Public School Code and Act 70, to serve students with complex cognitive and physical disabilities, who are unable to receive appropriate education programs and services in the public schools.  Currently, the ACLD Tillotson School is licensed for student with autism, specific learning disabilities, and neurological impairments. 

ACLD, Inc. believes that individuals with disabilities are competent, capable individuals who can succeed when appropriate supports are in place.  It is the mission of the association to provide educational services that ensure that individuals with disabilities will experience success for a lifetime.