Special Education for Families and Communities
Welcome to the State of Delaware education resource page for families of students with disabilities. This site is maintained by Delaware's Exceptional Children Resources workgroup and provides parents, guardians, and families with education-related information and resources available to Delaware students with disabilities.
Children with disabilities are successful in the classroom and beyond when high expectations exist alongside appropriate supports. Our goal is to assist districts and charter schools throughout Delaware in their mission to prepare students ]to be successful in College and/or Careers.
Parent engagement is vital to the IEP process and to student success. For information about how the Exceptional Children Resources Work Group engages parents, as well as parent engagement survey results, please see the Exceptional Children Resources and Parent Engagement PowerPoint.
Information and ResourcesA great place for Delaware families to begin navigating all the resources available to children with disabilities in Delaware, including non-education related resources. This website is especially helpful for families who have not yet entered a Delaware school system.Provides instructions, forms, and resources for navigating specialized education, including Educational Evaluations and qualifying for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The more you know about the process, the better you can advocate for your child.Provides information on transition-planning, which refers to the preparation of employment, education or training, community participation and independent living after high school for students with disabilities. Transition services are required in every Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in Delaware beginning at age 14 or in 8th grade.Provides an overview of what the Delaware Office of Exceptional Children is doing to improve the outlook for students with disabilities. Includes federal requirements, the State's Systemic Plan, individual district and charter school performance, and a place to submit feedback to the Delaware Department of Education about services for students with disabilities.Explains student and family rights when receiving special education services. Provides information on IEP facilitation, mediation, administrative/state complaints, due process complaints, as well as recent administrative/state complaint findings and due process hearing decisions.