The staff at your student’s school and at your district office are always available to assist you in ensuring your student receives the proper supports and services.
If you have questions about the special education process or difficulties communicating with the school district and need additional help, our office has a Special Education Parent Liaison to assist you.
The OSPI Special Education Parent Liaison is available as a resource to parents in non-legal special education matters and serves as a neutral and independent advocate for a fair process. The Special Education Parent Liaison does not advocate on behalf of any one party. Rather, the Parent Liaison exists to address individual concerns about bureaucratic systems and act a guide for citizens attempting to understand and navigate various government processes and procedures.
To contact Scott Raub, the Special Education Parent Liaison, call (360) 725-6075 or submit a message through the Contact Us web page.
+ What can the Special Education Parent Liaison do for me?
The role of the Special Education Parent Liaison at OSPI is to help parents resolve disagreements with school districts about special education services quickly, fairly, and at the lowest level possible. The Special Education Parent Liaison does this by:
- Helping parents and educators better understand special education processes and regulations;
- Acting as a neutral facilitator between citizens and school districts to help solve problems related to special education;
- Clarifying the roles of parents, as well as educators, related to special education services;
- Acting as a neutral sounding board to explore options for resolving special education related disagreements;
- Advising parents and educators about communication strategies that help to support a team approach to a student's educational program;
- Explaining the options available to formally resolve a special education disagreement or complaint;
- Advocating for a fair process;
- Working to prevent individual concerns from being overlooked by the system;
- Making recommendations to OSPI and other stakeholders based upon common issues and patterns of complaints, if patterns emerge;
- Serving as a resource for disability related information and referral.
+ What should I not expect from the Special Education Parent Liaison?
OSPI’s Special Education Parent Liaison:
- Does not act as an attorney;
- Does not provide legal advice;
- Does not determine special education or OSPI policy;
- Does not conduct investigations and/or write investigative reports;
- Does not advocate on behalf of any one party or organization;
- Does not attend IEP meetings;
- Is not a defender of OSPI or school district practices;
- Is not someone who can order a school district or other public agency to fix a problem.
These publicly funded organizations may also be able to provide additional information about special education services in Washington State:
Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)
6316 So. 12th St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
(800) 5-PARENT (v/tty)
Web site: http://www.wapave.org/
The Office of the Education Ombuds
155 N.E. 100th St. #210
Seattle, WA 98125
Web site: http://www.governor.wa.gov/oeo/