Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) offers access to resources such as the Minnesota Autism Project and Network and additional information regarding autism and related disorders.
Blind-Visually Impaired: Resources for Students
Users can access statewide technical assistance resources addressing special education and services for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Categorical Disability Information - Special Education
Minnesota has thirteen categorical disability areas and users can access information, resources, and contacts for each of the different areas. A team of qualified professionals, including parent(s), determines whether the student meets criteria in one of the thirteen categorical disability areas and is in need of special education services.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
The Code of Federal Regulations includes Title 34, Education, Part 300: Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities. This constitutes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).
Mental Heallth for Children
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires education agencies to provide special education and related services to eligible children and youth. Mental health services are not clearly defined in IDEA although it does define a number of related services (e.g. counseling, psychology, social work, etc.), which may be included in a child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These related services are to be made available to a child with disabilities to ensure that child receives a benefit from their specialized instruction and receives a free and appropriate public education (FAPE)
Minnesota Assistive Technology Manual
The Minnesota Assistive Technology Manual provides information on legal statute and best practices for consideration and evaluation of assistive technology in special education.
Physically Impaired - Special Education
Physically Impaired means a medically diagnosed chronic, physical impairment, either congenital or acquired, that may adversely affect physical or academic functioning and result in the need for special education and related services. Examples of diagnoses that may meet these criteria are: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, otegenesis imperfecta, and arthrogryposis.
Rehabilitation Act: Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act - Section 504 is a federal civil rights statute that assures individuals that they will not be discriminated against based upon their disability. Any learner with a disability, whether or not they receive special education services, is protected. Because all school districts receive federal funding, they are responsible for implementation of this law.
Special Education Advisory Groups
Federal and/or State mandates require Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to establish advisory groups that provide input and recommendations on a variety of special education initiatives. MDE offers access to membership information, minutes and meeting agendas for the State Special Education Advisory Panel, the Interagency Coordinating Council, and the State Interagency Committee.
Special Education Assistive Technology
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) supports a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) initiatives designed to help ensure students with disabilities have access to appropriate assistive technology and receive a free, appropriate public education.
Special Education Compliance and Assistance Division
The Division of Compliance and Assistance oversees the implementation of many laws. These include Special Education Complaints, Hearings, Compliance Monitoring and Mediation; Student Maltreatment Investigations; Test Security Investigations; Expulsion Appeals; State Arts High School Appeals; State High School League Review; Assurance of Compliance; and Civil Rights Compliance Reports. In addition, the division provides general rule making guidance for the Minnesota Department of Education as well as general compliance with the Minnesota Data Privacy Act.
Special Education Program Assessment
A principal assesses school programs, student achievement and staff performance. Assessment is an ongoing process for determining whether goals are being achieved and expectations met. The principal promotes effective, realistic assessment procedures that ensure valid and appropriate information about students with disabilities and their programs.
Special Education Services
Users can access resources on early childhood intervention and early childhood special education services, secondary transition services, mental health, care and treatment and third party reimbursement available to children and youth with disabilities.
Speech or Language Impairments - Special Education
Four types of speech or language impairments are generally recognized: fluency disorder; voice disorder; articulation disorder; and language disorder.
State Academy for the Blind
The State of Minnesota, through the State Academy for the Blind and in partnership with families, school districts, legislative bodies, and business and community leaders, is dedicated to the education and life preparation of blind, visually impaired, and deaf/blind learners through the provision of a dedicated educational and residential program that includes Braille, independent travel, assistive technologies and individualized educational services, enabling students to reach their fullest potential.
State Academy for the Deaf
The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides an exemplary learning experience promoting quality communicative, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development, thereby preparing each individual to be a contributing member of a dynamic world community.
Traumatic Brain Injury - Special Education
Traumatic Brain Injury means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that may adversely affect a child’s educational performance.