About the Allegheny Intermediate Unit

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, also known as the AIU, is a regional public education agency and a crucial part of Pennsylvania’s public education system.  Their staff of educators, administrators, and support staff provide specialized services to Allegheny County’s suburban school districts as well as non-public, charter, and vocational-technical schools.  Their agency is a liaison with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and operates three schools for exceptional children, 10 family centers, and about 130 programs for children, adults, and families.  The AIU’s Services Guide contains a comprehensive listing of these programs.  The AIU is one of 29 intermediate units across the state.

DART Preschool Early Intervention

The AIU also oversees DART Early Intervention, which serves eligible children in Allegheny County, ages 3-5, who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities. The DART model consists of:

  • Discovery – Screenings for hearing, vision, communication, adaptive, fine motor, gross motor, personal/social, and cognitive skills.
  • Assessment – In-depth assessment for children whose screening results indicate a need or concern in any developmental area.
  • Referral – Referrals to appropriate agencies within the community for children with special needs.
  • Tracking – Progress tracking for children with special needs to ensure continuity of service.

Free screenings can be scheduled by calling 412.394.5904. Please visit the DART Early Intervention website for information on services and eligibility.

More Information

For more information on the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, please visit the AIU website or call 412.394.5700

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