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/behavioral disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Washington reported the following:

  • Autism - 10,175 student, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 4,722 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 4,554 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Special Education Services monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. Additional support is provided by a network of education service districts.

Task forces

Washington's Autism Task Force submitted its final report in 2008. Washington's Developmental Disabilities Service System Task Force was created in 2011.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Washington's Autism Outreach Project supports services related to autism.

Disability scholarship program

Washington does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Washington 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, Washington had 98 supervisors (direct service providers) and 407 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment is Washington's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in South King County is provided by Open Doors For Multicultural Families.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Washington 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 regional offices and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

Military education resources

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

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