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.
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.