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 Special Education Services and Supports

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Georgia Department of Education (Division for Special Education Services and Supports) provides necessary infrastructure and supports for leaders, teachers, and families to meet the whole child needs of each student improving student outcomes and school climate resulting in an increased quality of life and workforce ready future. We must commit to effective collaboration across agencies ​​and school-home partnerships to support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services for students with disabilities. ​

The GaDOE must provide state General Supervision for local school districts to improve educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities and ensure that the requirements of IDEA are met. We believe that all students must have an equitable opportunity for school completion and successful postsecondary outcomes.

OSEP updated its Questions and Answers on Serving Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents in Private Schools - NEW

This revised Q&A document updates and supersedes the Department's April 2011 guidance and includes additional questions and answers that address topics that have arisen as state and LEAs continue to implement the provision of IDEA related to proportionate share and equitable services.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional Learning is the means by which teachers, administrators, and other staff acquire, enhance, and refine the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions necessary to create and support high levels of learning for all students.
Purpose: To provide leadership, technical assistance, and resources to the Georgia education community in order to improve student learning through organizational development and professional learning    
GaDOE Professional Learning Events  
Professional learning events are updated quarterly, and educational stakeholders are encouraged to visit the site often to review the latest agency-wide offerings. View GaDOE professional learning events here. ​

FY22 Parent Survey​

Significant Cognitive Disabilities​​ - ​​NEW

Special Education and the School-Based Administrator - NEW

K-12 Resources for Afghan Evacuees​ - NEW

Supported Decision Making: Considerations When Students with Disabilities Reach the Age of Majority

Special Education Implementation: Rules, Manual, and Forms ​​

Budgets, Grants, Data Collection and Reporting  

Continuous Improvement 

Family Engagement Information and Resources 

State Advisory Panel (SAP) 

Conferences and Presentations, Webinars, Weekly Email Blasts, Newsletters

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 Contact Information


Shaun Owen

Deputy Superintendent

Federal Programs




Wina Low
​​State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports



 Staff Contact List

 Special Education Help Desk

Special Education Questions & Support


FAX: 404-651-6457

Contact Vision/Hard of Hearing Coordinators​

 Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement

 Frequently Accessed Resources