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, but defines mild, moderate, severe and profound levels of functioning
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria (page 23).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Nevada reported the following for ages birth through 21:

  • Autism - 4,676 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 1,967 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 1,884 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

State of Nevada Department of Education, Special Education supports and monitors the special education services provided by Nevada's schools.

Task forces

The Nevada Autism Task Force submitted its report in 2008.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Nevada does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Nevada does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Nevada had 14 supervisors (direct service providers) and 64 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Parents Encouraging Parents is Nevada's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Nevada 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 is provided at resources.

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