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Special Education: a service, not a place

Student and TeacherThe Special Education department works collaboratively with school and district leaders, teachers, students and families to provide the tools, guidance, supports and services needed to ensure access and success for students with disabilities.



Latest News and Updates


Program Information For 2015-16
Please note SM2i services are Access Services.  This is an internal coding for Access.

Information about Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Council and Community Meetings:
Please complete the nomination form found here.
Seattle Public Schools is seeing unpaid volunteers from our DHH community to serve on the Advisory Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Programs. Interested individuals should submit background information and reasons for their interest via email to specialed@seattleschools.org no later than 5:00 pm on March 10, 2015. The term of office will be for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year, March - August 2015. 

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Council Charge


The Next Deaf/Hard of Hearing Family Gathering will be held on Tuesday, May 19,2015


You are invited to come join the Seattle Public Schools Special Education staff, families and D/HH community to provide input and ideas on how the services for D/HH students should look in Seattle Public Schools, meet other families and community members with shared interest in DHH, learn about resources in the community. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence.
Learn more

You are invited to a Special Education Regional Meeting!
The Special Education Department will be hosting Regional Meetings for families and the community to learn about changes that are happening in Special Education in Seattle Public Schools. We want to listen to you and hear your questions. Click here for dates, locations and additional information in English, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and Chinese.


special education family newsletter thumbnailFor more news, sign up for our Special Education Family Newsletter. Find the archive of our Family Newsletter on the Special Education News and Updates page.







Services We Provide


We provide services to students from birth to age 21, including preschool, school-based services, special classes, assistive technologies for vision and hearing impaired students, services for medically fragile students, and assistance making the transition from high school to training, postsecondary education and work.

Learn more about the full range of services we offer at our Special Education Services page


How to Get Your Child Assessed and Enrolled


K-12
Children must first be referred for an assessment by a parent or guardian, school staff member, doctor or others. School-based or district teams determine whether a child is a good candidate for assessment and, if the child is found eligible for special education services, will work with the family on an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The student is then connected with the best services to support learning and growth. 
Find out more about our assessment and enrollment processes at our Accessing Services page.


Preschool
Children aged 3 to 5 may be eligible for preschool services. If you are aware of a preschooler, from 3 through 5 years old, who has or may have a disability, call (206) 252-0805 for next steps.


Birth to 3
For children under 3 years old, contact King County's Community Health Access Program (CHAP), which offers Family Resources Coordination for children under 3 with special needs. Call
 toll free at (800) 756-5437.

Who to Contact for Help


At Your School
Since your student's IEP services are provided at the building level, your student’s teacher(s) and principal should be your first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s services and/or learning needs. Contact information for all schools is available in our School Directory.

At the Regional Level
Program specialists and regional supervisors provide support to school staff and to families. Get info on our Special Ed Contact List by Region.

Ombudsman
Special Education Ombudsman Margo Siegenthaler is here to guide you through the system assist you in receiving what you need. Email her at spedombuds@seattleschools.org.

Special Education Policies and Procedures


District Procedure on Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students

This comprehensive procedure addresses program areas where state and federal regulations require or permit local choice, including in the areas of  services, identification and referral, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), procedural safeguards, dispute resolution, discipline and staff qualifications.

Comprehensive Improvement Plans and Progress


Seattle Public Schools Special Education Department is actively engaged in a comprehensive improvement process to ensure that the department is meeting all state and federal requirements, including the timely processing of special education assessments and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).


Find out more at our Special Education Goals and Improvement Plans page

Our Partners


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