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Section 1

ak dept education

special ed handbook
SECTION 1 
GENERAL INFORMATION

IDEA 2004 presented the importance of the parent and family role in special education. From referral, Consent for Evaluation, Consent for services, participation on the IEP Team, the role of a parent is encouraged. Districts should work hard to foster strong and healthy relationships with biological parents and surrogate parents.

Parent Training Initiative

The State of Alaska has a federally funded Parent Training Initiative (PTI). The name of the Alaska PTI is Stone Soup Group.

Stone Soup Group’s mission is to sustain the health and well-being of Alaskan children with special health care needs and their families.  To contact Alaska’s PTI, call or write to:

Stone Soup Group
3350 Commercial Drive, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 561-3701  Fax: (907) 561-3702
Email: ssg@stonesoupgroup.org

Website: http://www.stonesoupgroup.org/

Special Education Advisory Panel

The Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education functions as the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) to the Department of Education & Early Development Special Education section.

The SEAP is established to advise the State regarding education of all children with disabilities. The SEAP will provide an annual list of activities, issues and recommendations for the school year.

The SEAP is composed of people who care about the services and support available to children and families through Alaska’s education system. The parents and professionals on the SEAP are please to provide guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities throughout Alaska. To contact the SEAP, call or write to:

The Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education
3601 "C" Street, Suite 740
P.O. Box 240249
Anchorage, Alaska 99524-0249
Toll Free: (888) 269-8990
From Anchorage: (907) 269-8990
Fax: (907) 269-8995
Email: lee.walton@alaska.gov

Website: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/gcdse

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