Special Education Links and Resources

Special Education Resources

ARC of Washington

The Arc of Washington state's mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with developmental disabilities. Along with its network of members and chapters, it supports and empowers individuals and families; connects and informs individuals and families; improves support and service systems; influences public policy; increases public awareness; and inspires inclusive communities. https://www.arcwa.org/

The Arc of WA and local chapters throughout the state (See their Parent-to-Parent, P2P program)

CADRE The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

CADRE's major emphasis is on encouraging the use of mediation, facilitation, and other collaborative processes as strategies for resolving disagreements between parents and schools about children's educational programs and support services. CADRE supports parents, educators, administrators, attorneys and advocates to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children and youth.  The CADRE website contains a variety of information and resources in English, Spanish and several other languages. https://www.cadreworks.org/

Center for Parent Information and Resources (i.e., the Parent Center Hub)

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. The CPIR makes a variety of information and resources for parents available in English and in Spanish (lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad en español). https://www.parentcenterhub.org/

District-level Special Education PTSAs

In several districts around the state, groups of concerned parents and educators have convened and founded Special Needs PTSAs to serve students with disabilities, their families and educators. These have been founded as non-traditional Parent-Teacher-Student organizations that are not school-based but instead have members throughout a district or region. Many district or regional Special Needs PTSAs are affiliated with the Washington State PTA and National PTA.

*If you are aware of a Special Education/Special Needs PTSA in your area that's not on this list, please let us know. Thank you.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals Washington provides exceptional services to ensure that people with disabilities and families in need have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play. http://wa.easterseals.com

ILRU Directory of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Associations

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Open Doors for Multicultural Families is a Community Parent Resource Center that offers support and training to parents of children with disabilities, serving families located in South King County. The mission of Open Doors is to ensure that diverse fam­i­lies who have fam­ily mem­bers with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial health care needs have equal access to cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally appro­pri­ate infor­ma­tion, resources, and ser­vices.  They pro­mote cul­tur­ally com­pe­tent ser­vices through com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion, train­ing and part­ner­ships. https://www.multiculturalfamilies.org/

Special Education Advocates League SEAL

https://www.sealk12.org/

Special Education Support Center (WEA)

The WEA Special Education Support Center provides training for educators, parents, and service organizations. We collaborate with numerous organizations to assure effective support for students with disabilities.  http://specialeducationsupportcenter.org/resources/resources-families/

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

https://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org/updates/

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

https://ddc.wa.gov/

Washington PAVE

Washington PAVE, a parent-directed organization, is a Parent Training and Information Center that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for more than 1 million individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals. https://wapave.org/

Special Education Resources in Other Languages

Arabic

1. CADRE/Special Education

يقدم CADRE معلومات حول خيارات حل نزاعات التعليم الخاص بالعديد من اللغات.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages. https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AArabic

Cambodian

1. Parents' Rights Information Sheet: Interpretation and Translation Services - OSPI

Under state and federal law, all parents have the right to information about their child's education in a language they can understand. 

Parents' Rights Information Sheet: Interpretation and Translation Services
This information sheet outlines parents' rights to meaningful communication about their child's education.  From OSPI's Office of Equity and Civil Rights:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Interpretation.aspx

2. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (PDF) Schools may use this fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to explain the school district's obligation to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. English | Cambodian

សិស្សដែលជាអ្នកសិក្សាភាសាអង់គ្លេស | English Learner Students – 01-07-2015

សិស្សដែលជាអ្នកសិក្សាភាសាអង់គ្លេស PDF (541K) | Fact Sheet: English Learner Students

ព័ត៌មានសម្រាប់មាតាបិតា និងអាណាព្យាបាលដែលចេះភាសាអង់គ្លេសតិចតួច PDF (116K) | Fact Sheet: Limited English Proficient Parents

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-cambodian.pdf

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-cambodian.pdf

Chinese

1. Important Document Notice - OSPI

If a situation arises when a school is unable to translate a document immediately, one method to ensure that limited English proficient families can access the information is by including a notice on the document, translated into the parent's primary language (e.g. on pre-printed stickers) informing families that they can contact the school to have the document translated. Sample Important Document Notice (in 9 languages)

From OSPI's Office of Equity and Civil Rights:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Interpretation.aspx

2. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (PDF) Schools may use this fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to explain the school district's obligation to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. EnglishChinese

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-chinese-ms.pdf

3. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE以多种语言提供有关特殊教育争议解决选项的信息。

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AChinese

4. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights – OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. English | Chinese

OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office: http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx.

Haitian Creole

1. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE ofri enfòmasyon sou opsyon rezolisyon dispit edikasyon espesyal nan plizyè lang.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3Ahaitian-creole

Hmong

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (PDF) Schools may use this fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to explain the school district's obligation to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. English | | Hmong

2. CADRE/Special Education

 

CADRE muaj cov ntaub ntawv hais txog Cov Kev Xaiv Kev Tsis Txaus Siab Tshwj Xeeb ua ntau hom lus.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AHmong

Japanese

1. CADRE/Special Education

CADREは、特殊教育の紛争解決オプションに関する情報を多くの言語で提供しています。

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AJapanese

Korean

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (PDF) Schools may use this fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to explain the school district's obligation to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. English | Korean

2. Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards – OSPI

Procedural Safeguards (Word, 42 pages) | PDF Booklet Layout: PUB | PDF

Translated Versions (Revised October 2013)

OSPI - Procedural Safeguards: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/Rights.aspx

3. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE는 특수 교육 분쟁 해결 옵션에 대한 정보를 여러 언어로 제공합니다.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AKorean

4. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights – OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. English | | Korean

OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office: http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx.

Laotian

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (PDF) Schools may use this fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to explain the school district's obligation to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. English | | Laotian

Mai Mai

1. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AMai%20Mai

Marshallese

1. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AMarshallese

Polish

1. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE oferuje informacje na temat opcji rozwiązywania sporów dotyczących edukacji specjalnej w wielu językach.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3Apolish

Portuguese

1. CADRE/Special Education

O CADRE oferece informações sobre as opções de resolução de disputas de educação especial em vários idiomas.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3Aportuguese

Russian

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet, Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (Jan. 2015) download filesPDF (547K)

Translations: Russian PDF (573K),

From US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ellresources.html

2. Important Document Notice - OSPI

If a situation arises when a school is unable to translate a document immediately, one method to ensure that limited English proficient families can access the information is by including a notice on the document, translated into the parent's primary language (e.g. on pre-printed stickers) informing families that they can contact the school to have the document translated. Sample Important Document Notice (in 9 languages)

English

Russian

From OSPI's Office of Equity and Civil Rights:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Interpretation.aspx

3. Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards - OSPI

English: Procedural Safeguards (Word, 42 pages) | PDF Booklet Layout: PUB | PDF

Translated Versions (Revised October 2013)

From OSPI's Special Education Department: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/Rights.aspx

4. CADRE/Special Education

 

CADRE предлагает информацию о специальных вариантах разрешения споров в сфере образования на многих языках.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3Arussian

5. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights - OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. Russian

From OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office: http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx.

Somali

1. Important Document Notice - OSPI

If a situation arises when a school is unable to translate a document immediately, one method to ensure that limited English proficient families can access the information is by including a notice on the document, translated into the parent's primary language (e.g. on pre-printed stickers) informing families that they can contact the school to have the document translated. Sample Important Document Notice (in 9 languages)

From OSPI's Office of Equity and Civil Rights:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Interpretation.aspx

2. Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards - OSPI

English: Procedural Safeguards (Word, 42 pages) | PDF Booklet Layout: PUB | PDF

Translated Versions (Revised October 2013)

From OSPI's Special Education Department: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/Rights.aspx

3. CADRE/Special Education

 

CADRE waxay ku siisaa macluumaad ku saabsan Ikhtiyaaraadka Xallinta Khilaafaadka Waxbarashada Khaaska ah oo luqado badan ku qoran.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3ASomali

4. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights – OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. Somali |

OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx

Spanish

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents

Fact Sheet, Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (Jan. 2015) download filesPDF (547K)

Translations: Spanish download files PDF (194K),

From US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ellresources.html

2. Important Document Notice - OSPI

If a situation arises when a school is unable to translate a document immediately, one method to ensure that limited English proficient families can access the information is by including a notice on the document, translated into the parent's primary language (e.g. on pre-printed stickers) informing families that they can contact the school to have the document translated. Sample Important Document Notice (in 9 languages)

Spanish

From OSPI's Office of Equity and Civil Rights:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Interpretation.aspx

3. Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards - OSPI

English: Procedural Safeguards (Word, 42 pages) | PDF Booklet Layout: PUB | PDF

Translated Versions (Revised October 2013)

From OSPI's Special Education Department: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/Rights.aspx

4. CADRE/Special Education

 

CADRE ofrece información sobre las opciones de resolución de disputas de educación especial en muchos idiomas.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3ASpanish

5. Mediation in Special Education – Spanish only

Spanish: Mediation in Special Education Tri-fold: a brief overview of the special education mediation service offered by Sound Options Group for OSPI:

http://somtg.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Sped-Med-Spanish-Rev.pdf

From Sound Options Group – Mediation and IEP Facilitation Page - http://somtg.com/downloads/

6. Articles, Sample Letters, Copies of IDEA Regulations, other Information in Spanish from Center for Parent Information & Resources

Index in Spanish: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/lista-espanol/

Index in English of resources available in Spanish: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/spanish-to-english/

7. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights – OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. Spanish

From OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office: http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx

8. Preparing for Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities: Know your Rights and Responsibilities – Spanish

Preparación para la educación postsecundaria para los estudiantes con discapacidades: Conozca sus derechos y responsabilidades: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition-sp.html

From US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Tagalog

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (PDF) Schools may use this fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, to explain the school district's obligation to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. English | Tagalog

2. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights – OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. English | Tagalog

OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office: http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx

Vietnamese

1. Fact sheet re Districts' Obligations to Communicate with LEP Parents - OCR

Fact Sheet, Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (Jan. 2015) download filesPDF (547K)

Translations: Vietnamese download files PDF (547K)

From US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ellresources.html

2. Important Document Notice - OSPI

If a situation arises when a school is unable to translate a document immediately, one method to ensure that limited English proficient families can access the information is by including a notice on the document, translated into the parent's primary language (e.g. on pre-printed stickers) informing families that they can contact the school to have the document translated. Sample Important Document Notice (in 9 languages)

English

Vietnamese

From OSPI's Office of Equity and Civil Rights:  http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Interpretation.aspx

3. Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards - OSPI

English: Procedural Safeguards (Word, 42 pages) | PDF Booklet Layout: PUB | PDF

Translated Versions (Revised October 2013)

From OSPI's Special Education Department: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/Rights.aspx

4. CADRE/Special Education

CADRE cung cấp thông tin về các lựa chọn giải quyết tranh chấp giáo dục đặc biệt bằng nhiều ngôn ngữ.

CADRE offers information about Special Education Dispute Resolution Options in many languages.

https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/main-library?f%5B0%5D=field_language%3AVietnamese

5. Sample Section 504 Notice of Parent Rights - OSPI

Under Section 504, school districts must provide parents a copy of their rights and procedural safeguards before evaluating students for Section 504 eligibility. English | Vietnamese

From OSPI Equity & Civil Rights Office: http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/Section504.aspx