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 disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at specific disabilities.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Virginia reported the following:

  • Autism - 14,624 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 9,424 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 9,414 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Virginia Department of Education, Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. The Training and Technical Assistance Network provides regional special education support.

Task forces

Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission published its Assessment of Services for Virginians with Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2009.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

The Virginia Autism Council serves as the autism statewide clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Virginia does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Virginia had 150 supervisors (direct service providers) and 531 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center is Virginia's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support is provided by Formed Families Forward for families in the city of Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Virginia 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 Training and Technical Assistance centers and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Virginia may be found at military education resources.

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