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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 educates 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.

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.

Dyslexia Resources

Dyslexia is a type of learning disability. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. It is specifically cited as an example of a learning disability in the implementing regulations of the IDEA and in the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act, under the definition of specific learning disability. In its more severe forms, a student with dyslexia may qualify for special education services, special accommodations, or extra support services.

If you have questions about dyslexia and the statutes and regulations governing eligibility for special education services, please contact the KSDE Special Education Services Team.

Dyslexia - Dear Colleague Letter from OSERS October 23, 2015 (PDF)
Dyslexia within MTSS (PDF)
Dyslexia:  What Families Need to Know (PDF)
Khan Academy (external link)
Using CBM-Reading Assessments to Monitor Progress (external link)
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (external link)
   -IDA Fact Sheets (external link)
   -IDA Definition of Dyslexia (external link)
   -IDA Multisensory Structured Language Teaching (external link)
   -IDA Parent's Guide to Effective Instruction (external link)
   -IDA Testing and Evaluation (external link)
   -IDA Dyslexia Basics (external link)

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

Colleen Riley

Assistant Director
Tiffany Blevins

Assistant Director
Doug Boline

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag

Assistant Director
Laura Jurgensen

Assistant Director
Tate Toedman

ECSETS Team Pages

Main Team Page
Early Childhood
Special Education
Title Services
Reports and Collections
Fact Sheets
Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)

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