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Special Education and Disability Access: State Laws

Special education and disability access have become controlled primarily by federal statutory schemes. This is true even though most educational regulation is governed by state statute. Under IDEA, if a state or local agency fails to provide the minimum provisions required by the statute, the state or local entity may lose federal funding. States may, however, provide greater protection than is afforded by the federal statutes.

Parents with disabled children should consult with the state educational agencies, as well as applicable state laws, to determine what rights their children may have in their particular state. See FindLaw's Special Education and Disabilities section for more information.

The following is a listing of the appropriate agencies in each state:

ALABAMA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Services division of the Alabama State Department of Education.

ALASKA: The primary state educational agency is the Alaska Department of Education Special Education Programs.

ARKANSAS: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Section of the Arkansas Department of Education.

CALIFORNIA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education.

COLORADO: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.

CONNECTICUT: The primary state educational agency is the Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services of the Connecticut Department of Education.

DELAWARE: The primary state educational agency is the Exceptional Children Department of the Delaware Department of Education.

FLORIDA: The primary state educational agency is the Education for Exceptional Students Department of the Florida Department of Education.

GEORGIA: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Exceptional Students of the Georgia Department of Education.

HAWAII: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Section of the Department of Education.

IDAHO: The primary state educational agency is the Bureau of Special Education of the Idaho State Department of Education.

ILLINOIS: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Department of the Illinois State Board of Education.

INDIANA: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Education of the Department of Education.

IOWA: The primary state education agency is the Bureau of Children Family and Community Services of the Department of Education.

KANSAS: The primary state educational agency is the Student Support Services of the Kansas State Department of Education.

KENTUCKY: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Instructional Services of the Kentucky Department of Education.

LOUISIANA: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Populations of the Louisiana Department of Education.

MAINE: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Department of the Maine Department of Education.

MARYLAND: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Education of the Maryland State Department of Education.

MASSACHUSETTS: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Programs division of the Massachusetts State Department of Education.

MICHIGAN: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.

MINNESOTA: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Education of the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning.

MISSISSIPPI: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Education of the Mississippi State Department of Education.

MISSOURI: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Education of the Missouri State Department of Education.

MONTANA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Division of the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

NEBRASKA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Populations Office of the Nebraska Department of Education.

NEVADA: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Education of the Nevada Department of Education.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The primary state educational agency is the Bureau of Special Education of the New Hampshire Department of Education.

NEW JERSEY: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Specialized Populations of the New Jersey State Department of Education.

NEW MEXICO: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Office of the State of Mexico Department of Education.

NEW YORK: The primary state educational agency is the Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities of the New York State Education Department.

NORTH CAROLINA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

NORTH DAKOTA: The primary state educational agency is the Director of Special Education of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

OHIO: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Division of the Ohio Department of Education.

OKLAHOMA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Services Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

OREGON: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Education of the Oregon Department of Education.

PENNSYLVANIA: The primary state educational agency is the Bureau of Special Education of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

RHODE ISLAND: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Needs Services of the Rhode Island Department of Education.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Education of the South Carolina Department of Education.

SOUTH DAKOTA: The primary state educational agency is the Office of Special Education of the Division of Education Resources and Services.

TENNESSEE: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Education of the Tennessee Department of Education.

TEXAS: The primary state educational agency is the Office for the Education of Special Populations of the Texas Education Agency.

UTAH: The primary state educational agency is the At Risk and Special Education Services division of the Utah State Office of Education.

VERMONT: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Division of the Vermont Department of Education.

VIRGINIA: The primary state educational agency is the Division of Special Programs of the Virginia Department of Education.

WASHINGTON: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Section of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

WEST VIRGINIA: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Division of the West Virginia Department of Education.

WISCONSIN: The primary state educational agency is the Division for Learning Support, Equity and Advocacy of the Department of Public Instruction.

WYOMING: The primary state educational agency is the Special Education Programs Division of the Wyoming Department of Education.

 

*Important Notice and Disclaimer: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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