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girl-studentEducational Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

State Departments of Education oversee disability education services to children enrolled in the public school systems. The Departments monitor all school districts within their states for compliance with the Federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)and state special education regulations. In most school systems there are ample opportunities for children with a wide range of disabling issues to partake in educational activities.


Many parent’s questions and concerns may be answered by their local school district, but there may be times when a parent feels the need to go beyond their local district for assistance. The information below provides a quick reference of phone numbers and departments that can be called if necessary.

Program Coordinator Special Education Services: 334-242-8114
Alabama Department of Education
50 North Ripley Street
P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101
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Dispute Resolution: 501-682-4291
Administration: 501-682-4221

Procedural Safeguards Referral Service (PSRS): 800-926-0648 Monday through Friday, 9-4 PST
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Director/Manager: Nathaniel Beers, Chief
1200 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Suite/Room: 9th floor

Secretary of Education: 302-735-4000
Delaware Department of Education: 302-735-4210
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, DE 19901

Bureau Chief: 850-245-0475
325 West Gaines Street Suite 614
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Office of Innovative Instruction:  404-657-9963
Director, Special Education Services and Supports: 404-656-3963

Illinois State Board of Education: 217-782-5589
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777       

Office of Next-Generation Learners: 502-564-4970
Division of Learning Services
500 Mero Street, 18th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601

Louisiana Department of Education: 877-453-2721
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services: 800-535-0182
State Department of Education
Ninth Floor
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Office of Special Education: 517-373-0923
State Department of Education
608 West Allegan Street
P.O.Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909

Mississippi Department of Education: 601-359-3513
Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771 
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Northern Office: 775-687-9200
700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Southern Office: 702-486-6458 (8am-5pm)
9890 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 221
Las Vegas, Nevada 89183

New Jersey
Office of Special Education Programs: 609-292-0147
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

North Carolina
Exceptional Children Division: 919-807-3969
State Department of Public Instruction
6356 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6356

Ohio Department of Education: 877-644-6338
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio

Bureau of Special Education (Pennsylvania)
State Department of Education: 717-783-6134
Seventh Floor
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

South Carolina
Director, Exceptional Children: 803-734-8224
Rutledge Building, Room 808G
Suite 808G
Columbia, SC 29201

Central Office Staff: 888-212-3162 or 615-532-8228
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Division of Special Education and Student Services: 804-225-3252
State Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

West Virginia
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning: 304-558-2696
State Department of Education
Building Six, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305

A child with a disability should be educated to as much of their level as possible. If a parent feels that their child’s education is lacking they should follow the channels to ensure non-discriminatory practices.


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