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Special Education Services, Programs, and Projects: Birth through 21

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See the links below for Special Education Services, Programs, and Projects: Birth through 21.

Service and Program Locations by Middle School Attendance Area and Service Descriptions

Location of Services: Special Education (2013-14)

Program Information For 2014-15 Linked Schools

2014-2015 Seatle Public School Continuum of Special Education Services

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (also known as AT or adaptive technology) is defined in several Federal laws (Assistive Technology Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act) as including both assistive devices and the services needed to make meaningful use of those devices.

AT Overview & Contacts AT Resources
AT Presentation

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SPS provides Special Education services for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the following schools:   

Preschool through 5th grade:Tops Middle School: Eckstein High School: Roosevelt

Vision Services

Services for students who are Visually Impaired are provided on an itinerant basis. We provide Orientation and Mobility (O & M) and Vision Services, including instruction in Braille.

Orientation and Mobility Services Information Vision Services Information
Vision Services Staff Contact Information

Program Specialists

Program Specialists and Supervisors are aligned with Regional Clusters, and provide coaching and compliance support to school staff and support to families. 

Since your student’s IEP services are provided at the building level, your student’s teacher(s) and Principal should be your first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s services and/or learning needs. Contact Information for all schools is available in our School Directory. If you find that you are not able to resolve concerns, please contact your Consulting Teacher or Supervisor for additional support.


Twice Exceptional Learners

Information for Twice Exceptional Learners

State Assessments

Students with disabilities have a number of options when taking State Assessments (Measure of Student Progress, the High School Proficiency Exam, and the new End of Course Exams for High School Mathematics).  The options include:

  • Taking the grade level test with accommodations.
  • Taking the grade level assessment with a pass level of "2" (MSP or HSPE "Basic");
  • Taking a different grade level assessment (a developmentally appropriate proficiency exam or "DAPE", which is accessible to 11th and 12th graders for the purpose of meeting State graduation requirements);
  • A Locally Determined Assessment ("LDA"), also accessible to 11th and 12th graders for the purpose of meeting State graduation requirements;
  • Creating a WAAS (Washington Alternative Assessment System) Portfolio, an option for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Determinations about accommodations and/or alternative assessments are part of the IEP process, and must be documented in your student's IEP. 
  • Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website for the most current information about state assessments.
State Assessment Information from OSPI


Special Education Procedures for Seattle Public Schools, in alignment with State and Federal law.

Special Education Procedures

Community Resources

Special Education PTSA
Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council
Adolescent Health Transition Project
The journey to adulthood can be challenging for any youth, but for youth with a disability or chronic illness, it is even more complicated. Download their fantastic Transition Notebook appropriate for all special needs students transitioning from high school to post-high school outcomes. Visit the project website or call (206)685-1358 to learn more.
Autism Outreach Project
A State Needs Project through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in collaboration with the Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program and NW ESD.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Inclusive Schools Network
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is a central source of information on IDEA, the nation's special education law, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
This is an official State of Washington web site with extensive information on special education. : "A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Difficulties"
Schwab Learning provides free information, resources, publications and support to parents of children who struggle with learning and to kids themselves through two web sites and Outreach and Community Services.
The ARC of Washington State
Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The Parent to Parent site includes a wide variety of resources for families of children with special needs.
Washington PAVE (Parents Are Vital in Education)
a parent-directed organization to increase independence, empowerment, and future opportunities for consumers with special needs, their families and communities, through training, information, referral and support.

The Riser Process

For a list of schools and their service model descriptions, you can follow this link to the Seattle Public Schools enrollment web page, which has complete information about the enrollment process in Seattle Public Schools.


Transition Planning

The BRIDGES program is designed for young adults ages 18-21 who have disabilities and continue to need special education services in order to meet their post-secondary transition goals. The goal of the BRIDGES program is to increase a student’s independence and improve their daily living and gainful employment skills as much as possible. Learn more.

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