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 - uses cognitive impairment and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at special education handbook (Page 12).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2013 child count, Alaska reported the following:

  • Autism - 1,007 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 596 students, seventh highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 672 students, sixth highest among disability populations

Support service structure

The State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development provides support and oversight of special education services in Alaska.

Task forces

Alaska's Comprehensive Autism Early Diagnosis and Treatment Task Force was created by the state legislature to make recommendations on a statewide plan to support early diagnosis and treatment of autism. It will submit its report by January 15, 2015.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Alaska's Autism Resource Center provides resources and support related to autism for families, schools and communities.

Disability scholarship program

Alaska does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Alaska had 11 supervisors (direct service providers) and 30 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Stone Soup Group is Alaska's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Alaska 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, as well as the comprehensive Where To Turn manual.

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