District Of Columbia

The information presented below is a brief overview of the District of Columbia's special education support system. Please contact the Office of the State Superintendent or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act definition
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act definition
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act definition

More detailed information is available at special education policies.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, the District of Columbia reported the following:

  • Autism - 730 students, eighth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 836 students, seventh highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 1,327 students, fifth highest among disability populations

Support service structure

The District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Specialized Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

The District of Columbia does not have a disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

The District of Columbia does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

The District of Columbia does not have a disability scholarship but does have the Opportunity Scholarship Program for children of families meeting certain income guidelines.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

The District of Columbia has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, the District of Columbia had 13 supervisors (direct service providers) and 16 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Advocates for Justice and Education is the District of Columbia's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in the District of Columbia is available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

The District of Columbia 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. Additional information and resources is provided at community resources.

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