The Office of Special Education (OSE) is a service-oriented office that seeks to improve the education experience for children with disabilities. In keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State law, we help local schools and districts provide effective educational programs to students with disabilities, ages 3-20, who need special education and related services.
The OSE ensures that local school districts in Mississippi have special education programs, policies, and procedures that comply with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, and that eligible children and youth with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The OSE also provides professional learning opportunities, provides technical assistance to schools, supports the needs of families of students with disabilities, monitors schools for student outcomes and compliance with the regulations of the IDEA, and administers the IDEA entitlement grant.
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The Access For All (AFA) Guide was developed by the MDE in collaboration with educators across the State to help teachers address issues that impact learners with a wide variety of needs.