Special Education Links and Resources

Last updated December 2021

Information and Support for Navigating Special Education Services and Resolving Concerns

OEO is one of many places in Washington State where students, families, community professionals, educators and others can find information and support in understanding special education services and resolving conflicts or concerns.

The resources on this page include links to community organizations, associations and state agencies providing individualized information and supports on special education matters at no cost to students and families.  This graphic illustrates the range of supports from informal to formal.

Community Based Organizations
Behavioral and Mental Health Focused supports, including Peer Partners
State Agency Resources for Navigating Special Education

Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO).

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

State Education Agency responsible for oversight of implementation of special education in Washington State.

Department of Children Youth & Families (DCYF) Foster Care Regional Education Leads 

Legal Advice and Representation

Legal Assistance List maintained by OSPI:

Other organizations providing free legal advice and representation to eligible students or families on special education or other education related matters: Check each for specific eligibility requirements.