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Resources for Families and Educators

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.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

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)

Eligibility

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.

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.

ECSETS Team Pages

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


1-800-203-9462
(Kansas Residents Only)
or
1-785-296-7454

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

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team

Director
Colleen Riley
criley@ksde.org


Assistant Director
Tiffany Blevins
tblevins@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Doug Boline
dboline@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag
khaag@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Laura Jurgensen
ljurgensen@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Tate Toedman
ttoedman@ksde.org

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