The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. Children and youth ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
Access support and resources for special education data systems, including SEDS EasyIEP.
Learn about the special education mediation process as well as formal dispute resolution.
Topics would include early childhood transition, initial evaluation, referral, and extended IFSP option.
Information about Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) fiscal policy and grants information.
Read about local special education law, policy, and regulations, and find notices about policy hearings and public comment.
Information about federal IDEA reporting and LEA monitoring related to special education.
Find policy and procedure information for placement of students with disabilities to a nonpublic educational setting. Access information about nonpublic data systems, monitoring and payment.
Resources for parents and families of students with disabilities.
Explore professional development and technical assistance resources offered by OSSE to educators, schools and LEAs.
Connect with OSSE’s Student Transportation division, which transports eligible students with disabilities to and from school.
Key Special Education Documents
- Students with Disabilities in the District of Columbia: A Landscape Analysis (2019)
- Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities: IDEA Part B Notice of Procedural Safeguards
- Child Find Dear Colleague Letter
- Special Education Policy DCMR Title 5, Chapter 30, Section 3000 - 3033 (coming soon)
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)