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Resources for Families

Students succeed when their parents share in the responsibility of developing their educational plans.  This active role requires parents to have information about the special education process and requirements.

Guide to Special Education and other Legal Information

This guide has been written to help parents and other educational decision-makers understand the special education process.  Special education is not a place to wish one or a group of students in a school goes; it is supportive services that are given to students so that they may progress in and be a part of the general education curriculum.  All students are general education students and all students benefit from their parents being involved in their education, not just the special education part of it.

Guide to Special Education (English) (PDF)
Kansas Special Education Process Handbook
Parents Rights Document (Notices/Forms)

Kansas Parent Information and Resource Centers

Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC)

DRC is an advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities.  DRC also educations policymakers on needed improvements to the law, programs and public policy.

Families Together, Inc.
Families Together, Inc. is a statewide organization that assists parents and their sons and daughters with disabilities.  Each year, Families Together Inc. provides, without fees, direct support to more than 12,000 Kansas families.

Infinitec
The Mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology.  The Infinitec staff helps people with disabilities find and get access to information, technology services, training, assistive equipment and specialists by creating partnerships that maximize resources.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)
KPIRC promotes meaningful parent involvement at all levels of education and provides information and resources to help parents, educators and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kansas child.

Keys for Networking, Inc.
Keys serves and empowers parent clients through the programs listed to assist with children and adolescents who have behavioral, education, emotional, mental health, physical health, and substance abuse problems.

Special Education Assessment Information for Parents

Early Learning Services Unit

Located in the Special Education Services team, members of the Early Learning Services Unit have responsibilities including coordinating the many early childhood programs located in KSDE, providing Technical Assistance to early childhood personnel in programs across the state, and participating in meetings, coordinating councils, and conferences that occur across Kansas.  Early childhood includes the continuum of birth to age eight (3rd grade).

The Early Learning Services Unit, through leadership and partnership, advances the provision of high quality early childhood and family services that result in the ability of all young children to succeed in school and life.

Early Childhood Special Education Part B
Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA)
Foundations for School Success
Kansas Preschool Program (Kansas Pre-K Program)
Kindergarten to Third Grade
Parents as Teachers
State Pre-Kindergarten Program (Four Year Old At-Risk)

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team

Director
Colleen Riley
criley@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Doug Boline
dboline@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Sandy Guidry
sguidry@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag
khaag@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Jana Rosborough
jrosborough@ksde.org

1-800-203-9462
(Kansas Residents Only)
or
1-785-291-3097

Problems with this page contact:
Evelyn Alden
785-296-3868
ealden@ksde.org

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