The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility definitions (Page 1).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2011 child count (most current available), Kansas reported the following:

  • Autism - 2,834 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 3,417 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 2,541 students, seventh highest among disabilities population

Support service structure

Kansas State Department of Education, Special Education Services monitors and supports the special education services provided by school districts. Special Education Cooperatives provide additional support.

Task forces

The Kansas Autism Task Force issued its final report in 2008.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Kansas does not have a formal statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Kansas does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Kansas enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Kansas insurance for more information.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Kansas had 35 supervisors (direct service providers) and 117 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Families Together, Inc. is Kansas' parent training and information center. Additional support is provided by the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Kansas are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Kansas is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at special education resources.

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