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 disability-related information.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Alabama reported the following:

  • Autism - 5,376 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 5,946 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 1,323 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Alabama Department of Education, Office of Learning Support provides oversight and support for special education services.

Task forces

The Alabama Autism Task Force convened in 2008 and presented its final report in January 2009, focusing on the state's capacity for providing services to the increasing number of children identified with autism.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council was created to help provide a coordinated system of care for individuals with autism and their families. Autism Alabama provides links to online autism training resources for families and education professionals.

Disability scholarship program

Alabama does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Alabama had 34 supervisors (direct service providers) and 121 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Secondary transition resources

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

Parent training and information center

The Alabama Parent Education Center is Alabama's parent training and information center.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Alabama 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 center listed above, including its resource page.

Student reading book