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 delay and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
More detailed information is available at eligibility checklist.
Numbers of students with disabilities served
For the 2012 child count, Montana reported the following:
- Autism - 949 students, 5.8 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
- Intellectual disability - 1,273 students, 7.8 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
- Emotional/behavioral disorder - 1,120 students, 6.8 percent of the total population of students with disabilities
Support service structure
Montana Office of Public Instruction, Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by schools and a network of special education cooperatives.
Montana does not have a disability task force.
Statewide disability clearinghouse
Montana does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse. The Montana Autism Education Project is an online tool that provides information and resources related to autism.
Disability scholarship program
Montana does not have a disability scholarship.
Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services
Montana enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Montana insurance for more information.
TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers
As of May 2013, Montana had six supervisors (direct service providers) and 17 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).
Parent training and information centers
Parents, Let's Unite for Kids is Montana's parent training and information center.
Secondary transition resources
Information and resources related to secondary transition in Montana are available at secondary transition.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
Montana 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, the special education cooperatives and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.