Special Education


 A Parent’s Guide to Special Education
For more information on special education, to understand your rights and responsibilities, your child’s rights and the schools responsibilities to meet the special needs of your child.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve
disagreements about special education and early intervention programs."

Ed Law
Promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research.

Extended School Year Services (ESY)
Special education and related services that are provided beyond the normal school year, after school, according to your child’s IEP, at no cost to parent and according to state standard.

Families & Advocates Partnerships for Education (FAPE)
A partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website provides information and samples of IEPs & Instructional Services  for students in special education programs.

 IDEA Parent Guide
Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child's special learning and behavioral needs.

Parent Resource Centers
PRCs are located in various school districts of Virginia to offer information, assistance, referrals and workshops to parents and educators.

Special Education Directors
Listing of special education directors for the Commonwealth of Virginia by school district.

Special Education Concerns
Troubleshooting facts and frequently asked questions for resolving conflicts and concerns in the special education department of your school division.

Virginia Department of Education "DOE"
Main website for the Department of Education for the state of Virginia that lists important information on school districts, information for parents and students, and special education guidelines and data.

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.


New Horizons Regional Education Center
Consists of six Peninsula School Divisions (Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg/James City County, and York).
Center for Autism
Phone: 757-369-2581


Laurel Regional Program
Serving Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Lynchburg
The LAUREL program provides classroom instruction for regional students, ages 2-21, who are severely and profoundly mentally or physically handicapped or autistic. In addition to the specialized classroom program, other services available to eligible students include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services and services for the hearing impaired.
Lynchburg, VA
Phone: 434-522-3716

Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program (NNRSEP)  
Serves children in the following schools:  Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond County, Colonial Beach
Lottsburg, VA
Phone: 804-529-5840

Northwestern Regional Educational Programs (NREP)
Serving Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Public Schools
Northwestern Regional Educational Programs (NREP) provides cost effective, quality programming for school-aged (K-12) students with autism, emotional disabilities, hearing impairments, multiple disabilities, and traumatic brain injury for the school divisions of Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester City.
Related services provided include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy.
Winchester, VA
Phone: 540-665-0103

Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP)
Serving the following public schools: Albemarle, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock
The Piedmont Regional Education Program assists the local school division with the coordination and implementation of special programming in direct classroom services and related services. 
Charlottesville, VA
Phone: 434-975-9400

Shenandoah Valley Regional Program (SVRP)
A regional special education program which complements the special education services of six local school divisions:  Augusta, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Harrisonburg and Staunton.
Fishersville, VA
Phone: 540-886-9778

Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs (SECEP)
The organization provides a formal structure through which the participating school systems can plan and operate programs for children with special needs.  Participating schools: Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach Public Schools.
Norfolk, VA
Phone: 757-895-6100


Commonwealth Autism Service does not endorse any individual care provider. Information on this page is for reference purposes only and is not an exhaustive list.