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Special Education

I don’t know where to begin! Who can help me?

The Arc of King County has staff available to answer your questions and provide tips and resources to help you better understand the special education system and become a stronger advocate for your child. We offer free support to families about special education including information, referral, and strategies to work with schools. We do not provide legal advice. Call 206-364-3667 or email info@arcofkingcounty.org.


How can I connect with other parents in my area?

Look at our Parent to Parent E-Groups or see the parent school groups in your area.



Help with specific issues

General information

Special needs PTSAs and parent school groups

Begining the transition in high school (ages 11+)

Education for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities



Provides information about parent and student rights through free publications and trainings. Can serve as a neutral third party between families and public schools. Collects data about school complaints and make recommendations for system improvements.


The state governmental body overseeing all public schools. Has information about state and federal laws, educational standards, and parent rights for general and special education.


Located in south King County. Offers information, training, and support about special education for many different languages and cultures.


A free, non-partial mediator helps the family and school reach consensus.


Sign up for easy-to-understand articles about special education law and advocacy tips.


Special Education services are a necessary component in the life of a child who has an intellectual/developmental disability. For most parents, the process seems overwhelming. This video series will break down the process and help you to see that it is not as complicated as it sometimes seems.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.


Located in Tacoma but offers support state-wide. Provides information, training, and support about special education.


Extensive parent-friendly information about special education law and advocacy nation-wide.