Special Education

What to Expect, How to Prepare - A basic primer for families in Washington State

Special Education services are a necessary component in the life of a child who has an intellectual/developmental disability. For most parents, the process seems overwhelming. This video series will break down the process and help you to see that it is not as complicated as it sometimes seems.

Part 1: Stacy Gillett of the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman shares the history, federal laws and values of inclusion that form the basis of special education in Washington State. Includes advices from parents and statewide resources for families.

 

 

Part 2: Stacy Gillett of the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman outlines the three-part special education process: Referral, Evaluation and Individualized Education Program. (More on the IEP in Part Three of this series). Includes advice from parents and a special education administrator.

 

 

Part 3:  Interviews with Stacy Gillett of the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman, parents, and a special education school administrator focus on the key elements of an IEP, who writes it, and how to make the most of an IEP meeting.

 

 

Part 4: Stacy Gillett of the Washington State Office of Education Ombudsman outlines the informal and formal ways to resolve conflicts between parents and school districts. Includes advice from parents and parent advocates about mediation and relationship building.

 

 

For additional information:

The Arc of Washington State: (888) 754-8798 

Local chapters of The Arc: (888) 754-8798

Washington State Parent to Parent: (800) 821-5927 

Washington PAVE: (253) 565-2266 

Sound Options Group: (800) 692-2540 

Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman: (866) 297-2597 

 

Parent Coalitions

For parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities.