Special Education

Office of Special Education - Our Purpose

To lead the improvement of outcomes for preparing all children and students with disabilities and their families for learning, earning and living through effective use of data, collaboration, communication, and a framework of differentiated support.

Part B Federal Application

Public Commenting open 3.19.2021 - 4.7.2021

Part B Federal Application 

Part C Federal Application

Public Commenting open 3.5.2021 - 4.4.2021

Part C Federal Application 

Coronavirus Resources - IDEA Guidance

The NDE is committed to assisting school communities during public health emergencies. We support school districts in their decisions to keep student and staff safety their top priority. Should a crisis arise, NDE will work closely with other state and federal agencies to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the teaching and learning environment.

NDE RESOURCES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

Below is communication released by the Office of Special Education Programs to support you as you implement IDEA during the Coronavirus outbreak.  Please reach out to our office should you have any further questions.

Questions and Answers on Implementation of IDEA Part C Provision of Services (OSEP Oct 2020)

Questions and Answers on IDEA Part B Provision of Services (OSEP Sept 2020)

Questions and Answers for K-12 Public Schools in the Current COVID-19 Environment (OCR Sept 2020)

OSEP – IDEA Part B Use of Funds

OSEP – IDEA Part C Use of Funds

OSEP Q & A – Implementation of IDEA Part B Dispute Resolution Procedures

OSEP Q & A – Implementation of IDEA Part C Dispute Resolution Procedures

IDEA Best Practices Document

SUPPLEMENTAL FACT SHEET: ADDRESSING THE RISK OF COVID-19 IN PRESCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 OUTBREAK

NDE – Q AND A FOR PROVIDING SPECIAL EDUCATION AND EARLY INTERVENTION DURING CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURE

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURES CLARIFICATION

Part C/EDN COVID-19 Resources

Data Collection Process During Covid-19 School Closures/In-Home Visit Suspensions – GOLD

Communication for Families/Parents of Students with Disabilities during this Covid-19 epidemic

Extended School Year Guidance Document

Learning Guidance for Students with Disabilities for Summer Programming and Beyond

Additional Covid-19 Special Education Resources

Teaching Special Education Online Resource Toolbox

SPECIAL EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Navigating Special Education Evaluations for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Five Formative Assessment Strategies to Improve Distance Learning Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities Resources Guide

Home-school Services During Covid-19

Electronic Consent OK During Covid-19

NSPA Testing Considerations Document

Rethinking Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility in Post-COVID-19 Classrooms

Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Letter regarding Clear Masks

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators

How to Be a Better Online Teacher – Advice Guide

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

KSB School Law Coronavirus Blog

 NCDHH Communications NCDHH Communications

4 Ways to Help Kids Relax as the Coronavirus Upends Everyday Life

How to Talk to a Child who is Deaf/Blind About COVID19

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) – “Open-Access”  Resources for Educators & Parents to Use At Home / Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak.

Remote Use of Paraprofessional Supports for Students with Disabilities During the Covid-19 Pandemic

MHTTC Resources around Mental Health

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resources

Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Guidance and Resources for Para-educators During Remote Learning

Upcoming SPED Events

2021 ASD Network State Conference Registration is now open! See the 2021 ASD Network Conference Flyer and the conference webpage for updates and more information.

2021 ASD Network State Conference
Registration is now open!
See the 2021 ASD Network Conference Flyer and the conference webpage for updates and more information.

Recent SPED Updates

Clarification on guidance for 92 NAC 51 – 009.04 and IDEA 60 Day Timeline for School Age Children

45 school day vs 60 day guidance (PDF)

Guidance on Special Education Certification – April 2019

Guidance on Special Education Certification – Reimbursable under IDEA (PDF)

Department Information

Public Reporting and Determination Guides

Public Reporting
Part B Levels of Determination 2017


Early Childhood Inter-Agency Coordinating Council

ECICC Biennial Report to the Governor


Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education – Office for Civil Rights

Colleague Letter – Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
Know Your Rights – Students with ADHD


Maintenance of Effort

Federal Proposed Regulations on Significant Disproportionality
Federal Study and State Analysis of Disproportionality

Updated April 12, 2021 8:12am