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 also specifies mild, moderate, severe and profound levels of impairment
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility categories.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Georgia reported the following:

  • Autism - 13,631 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 16,871 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 13,409 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Georgia Department of Education - Special Education Services and Supports monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. Additional support is provided by the Georgia Learning Resource System.

Task forces

Georgia does not have a disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Georgia does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

The Special Needs Scholarship Program is a school choice program for children with disabilities.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Georgia 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, Georgia had 88 supervisors (direct service providers) and 155 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Parent to Parent of Georgia is Georgia's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Georgia 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 centers and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information and resources are available from special needs resources.

Military education resources

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

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