The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special Education Ombudsman Margo Siegenthaler is here to guide you through the system assist you in receiving what you need. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).