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 Special Education Services and Supports

The Division for Special Education Services and Supports includes programs and services that support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities. These services focus on enhancing student achievement and post-secondary outcomes through implementation of regional and statewide activities for students, families, educators, administrators, and other stakeholders. Targeted areas for services and supports include accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, curriculum access and alignment, dropout prevention, family engagement, least restrictive environment, positive behavior supports, and transition. Additional services include ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations for special education, collecting and analyzing data on educational services and outcomes, providing guidance and oversight of the budgets for state and federal special education funds, and coordinating dispute resolution requirements as required by state and federal regulations.

Special Needs Scholarship Program Information 

Student Success: Imagine the Possibilities 

Special Education Implementation: Rules, Manual, and Forms

Eligibility Categories

Budgets, Grants, Data Collection and Reporting

Continuous Improvement

Dispute Resolution

Family Engagement Information and Resources

State Advisory Panel (SAP)

Statewide Projects and Initiatives

Conferences and Presentations, Webinars, Friday Email Blasts, Newsletters


 Contact Information


Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Ed.D.               
State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports

Staff Contact List​​


 General Information


​Phone: (404) 656-3963 
Fax:(404) 651-6457                              

Special Education Questions & Support  Christopher Horton                                
(404) 657-9968            


 Feedback Form




 Frequently Accessed Resources