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 behavior disorder and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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

Numbers of students with disabilities served

Iowa does not identify students by specific category so no accurate figures for the numbers of students with autism, intellectual disability or emotional/behavioral disorder is available.

Support service structure

Iowa Department of Education, Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by schools.

Task forces

The Iowa Autism Council advises state leaders on issues pertaining to autism.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Iowa does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Iowa does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Iowa had no approved supervisors (direct service providers) or tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Access for Special Kids is Iowa's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Iowa is available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Iowa is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Additional information and resources for families are available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at student/family resources.

Military education resources

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

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