State Agencies


State Agencies

The Special Education Support Center is committed to assuring that educators and families know about relevant information/resources provided by state agencies.

Department of Services for the Blind

Our partners view us as a premiere resource and a national leader in promoting the skills and abilities of people who are blind or have low vision. We team with customers, employers, our communities, and fellow staff to achieve the highest level of customer service.

Division of Developmental Disabilities

DDD strives to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.

Governor’s Committee on Disabilities and Employment

Mission – The committee, pursuant to Executive Order 87-08, shall serve as a disability minority advocate. It shall identify for attention the issues and concerns pertaining to the rights and needs of all persons of disability and shall work to empower such individuals to take control over their own lives. The committee advises the governor, legislature, state agencies, the business community, organized labor, other public and private organizations, and the general public on disability issues and concerns, and make recommendations to address those concerns, with emphasis on increasing opportunities for independence and employment.
Vision – The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is a nationally recognized leader in promoting equality, opportunity, independence, and full participation in life for persons with disabilities. Members strive to promote the diversity of persons with disabilities by representing the widest possible range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritages.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

An integrated organization of high-performing programs working in partnership for statewide impact to help transform lives. The Department’s mission is to improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.  Includes Family Financial Support augments the Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities. They offer a collection of resources including assessment, instructional practices, behavior, and accommodations. These documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials provide information that will help parents become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.

Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

DVR believes employment contributes to a person’s ability to live independently and everyone has a right to work. Our purpose is to empower people with disabilities to achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and maintaining employment.

Support and Services provided by OSPI:

Special Education Rules

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction creates the Washington State Special Education rules in compliance with Federal Regulations. OSPI adopted final regulations June 29, 2007.
Dispute Resolution:
Parents and school districts are encouraged to work together to try to resolve disagreements that affect a student’s special education program at the lowest possible level. There will be occasions when a parents and the district are not able to resolve differences through direct communication, there are more formal dispute resolution options available.

State Special Education Forms

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has prepared sample state forms for district use. Districts are not required to use these forms, but they must incorporate all of the elements in their own forms. These forms provide information about the purpose of the form and give specific examples of the information required in each area.

State Needs Projects

OSPI Special Education funds six state needs projects. These projects collectively provide statewide capacity building through: Professional development opportunities; Technical Assistance; and Consultation and training for parents, families, and educators.

Family Guidance on Special Ed Services

OSPI has developed a feature on their website offering guidance for families about Special Education Services. Special education includes related services determined necessary for the student to benefit their individualized education program (IEP), as well as access to the general education.

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