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Special Education staff within ODE has the primary responsibility for assuring that young children and students with disabilities receive an appropriate education program in the least restrictive environment.  This happens through collaboration with families, districts, agencies, and programs to ensure quality services.  Our website is a resource to parents, teachers and administrators and provides access to available information, documents and guidelines.

Announcing the Special Education Administrators Fall Preconference

This year, the ODE/COSA Special Education Fall Conference is hosting three preconference professional development opportunities.  Please share this announcement with district staff and interested partners.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017:
Dyslexia Institute 
Threat Assessment Preconference
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training


Review-Comment Dates!

Oregon Application for IDEA Part B Funds, supporting
programs for children with disabilities ages 3 to 21.
Public Review Dates:  March 15 – May 12, 2017
Public Comment Accepted: April 1 – April 30, 2017
programs for children with disabilities ages birth to three.
Public Review Dates:  February 17 - April 19, 2017
Public Comment Accepted:  March 1 - March 30, 2017

Dispute Resolution Committee Recruitment

DRC has an opening for a new member. We are taking applications for a School District or ESD Superintendent. The committee will approve the new appointee after applications have been accepted. Applications will be reviewed at the Fall 2017 meeting.
See full description of committee on the Dispute Resolution page.
If you qualify as a School District or ESD Superintendent, please submit completed application no later than October 1, 2017 to Jan Burgoyne, Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97310 or fax to Jan Burgoyne at 503-378-5156.

Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Unit contracts with local agencies to provide a statewide system of free services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.  Resources available include:

  • Referral Information
  • Parent Resources
  • Contractor Information
  • State Interagency Coordinating Council

Education Programs and Secondary Transition

The Education Programs section in the Student Services Unit manages several of the state-supported systems that provide direct services to Oregon's programs, districts, and schools.  Resources available include:

  • Secondary Transition Information
  • Youth Corrections & Juvenile Detention Program Resources
  • Long Term Care Treatment Program Information

Special Education General Supervision

This section manages general supervision statewide of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).  Resources include:

  • Q & A on Procedural Safeguards & Due Process Procedures
  • Systems Review & Improvement (SPR&I)

IDEA Compliance and District Resources

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) web pages offer information relevant to state administration, dispute resolution and complaint management, technical assistance, leadership services, and IDEA grant management.

  • IDEA Practice 
  • IDEA Policy
  • Advisory Committee Information
  • Dispute Resolution

Regional Programs/Best Practices

These services are state-supported programs serving toddlers, children and youth who require unique and individualized special education and regular education programs. Information on these webpages includes:
  • Dyslexia
  • Regional Programs
  • Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship Program
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Oregon's Response to Intervention Initiative

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