North Dakota

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 emotional disturbance and consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at Parent Guide to Special Education (Page 6).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, North Dakota reported the following:

  • Autism - 783 students, 5.9 percent of all students with disabilities
  • Intellectual disability - 767 students, 5.8 percent of all students with disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 793 students, 6 percent of all students with disabilities

Support service structure

North Dakota's North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Special Education oversees the special education services by schools.

Task forces

The North Dakota Autism Task Force issued its initial state plan report in 2010.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

North Dakota does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

North Dakota does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

North Dakota 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, North Dakota had no supervisors (direct service providers) and 14 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Pathfinder Parent Center is North Dakota's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

North Dakota 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 centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

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