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 special education code (Page 81).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2011 child count (most recent available), Louisiana reported the following:

  • Autism - 3,864 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 7,504 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 1,870 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Louisiana Department of Education, Students with Disabilities monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. Additional support is provided by eight regional service centers.

Task forces

Louisiana does not have a task force related to these disabilities.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Louisiana does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Louisiana's School Choice for Students With Disabilities provides tuition assistance to eligible families with children with disabilities.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Louisiana had 23 supervisors (direct service providers) and 70 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center is Louisiana's statewide parent training and information center. The Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center supports families in the New Orleans metro area.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Louisiana 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, the regional service centers and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available from the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities resources and family resources.

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