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Guidance for Families: Special Education in Washington State

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Special Education


The OSPIs Special Education team aspires to ensure students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). About 14 percent of students overall receive special education services in the state of Washington.

These pages are dedicated to providing students and families with information about special education, to ensuring that students and families know about their rights, and answering questions they may have about how the process works.

Webinar Q&A: Supporting Families Across All Learning Models

February 24, 2021 | 6:30pm

OSPI’s special education team is hosting an hour-long webinar/Q&A to answer questions and to support families of students with disabilities. The OSPI special education team will be available to answer questions and problem solve with families supporting students with disabilities across all learning models: In-person, hybrid and remote.

Register in advance for this webinar! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


For an overview of special education and to learn more about how the different components of special education fit together to provide your student with an education, start here: