Government Agencies

Find government publications and contact administrators with your questions. Because special education is a federal mandate, you can get a lot of information from the federal government. Quite often you can get lesson materials, information for teachers and parents, and other stuff from these agencies free.

star This site from the Health & Human Services Department lists links that take you right to the managing agency's web site.

The New Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education is designed to provide information about the latest departmental initiatives, an update on specific programs for schools and teachers, and a complete listing of the services and resources, both at our headquarters here in Washington, D.C, and in the field.

starThousands of educators, policy makers, parents, students, researchers, and other citizens with a stake in education visit the U.S. Department of Education site each week. You can access so much:

  • Financial Aid for Students
  • Disabilities
  • Education (IDEA)Direct Loans
  • Discretionary Grant Applications
  • ED Employee Locator
  • Federal (Title IV) School Codes
  • ERIC Digests
  • FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)
  • Hope Scholarships
  • Order Publications Online
  • NCES (Education Statistics)
  • Safe Schools
  • NCES Fast Facts
  • Technology
  • Public School & District Locator
  • Evaluating Technology in Schools
  • Nation's Report Card (NAEP)
  • Preparing Teachers to Use Technology

    The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

    OSEP's mission and organization focus on the free appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21.

    starAll state education agencies are listed. Click on the state you are interested in.

    starThe Nebraska Department of Education's Special Populations Office has good information on writing IEPs, School Support, Staff Development, Disability Topics, due process and more.

    Washington's OSPI site is packed with information! Be sure to check out their presentations page.

    Virginia's Office of Special Education and Student Services, including the state's regulations, Framework For Instruction In American Sign Language, and links to the Technical Assistance Centers.

    starNorth Carolina's Department of Education site has an online application page, curriculum frameworks, information on summer programs, and much, much, more.

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