Minnesota

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 - uses autism spectrum disorder and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - uses developmental cognitive disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with two functional levels defined: mild/moderate and severe/profound
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional or behavioral disorders and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria (Part 3525.1325).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Minnesota reported the following:

  • Autism - 15,925 students, 13 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
  • Intellectual disability - 8,057 students, 6.5 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 14,983 students, 12 percent of the total population of students with disabilities

Support service structure

Minnesota Department of Education, Special Education Programs monitors and supports the special education services provided by schools. Additional support is provided by regional special education cooperatives.

Task forces

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force completed its report in 2012.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Minnesota does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Minnesota does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Minnesota had 17 supervisors (direct service providers) and nine tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information centers

The Pacer Center is Minnesota's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for the Saint Paul area is provided by discapacitados abriendose caminos.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Minnesota is not a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on available resources is available from the local school district, the regional special education cooperatives and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information and resources are available from resources.

Military education resources

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

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