Special Education in the Classroom
The Special Education Division of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides leadership to ensure a high-quality education for Minnesota's children and youth with disabilities. Its specialists offer guidance, training and share best practices in a variety of areas including technology, behavioral interventions, equity and related services, as well as the categorical disabilities defined in law and rule.

Assistive Technology
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) supports a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) initiatives designed to help ensure students with disabilities have access to appropriate assistive technology and receive a free, appropriate public education. These initiatives include professional development, information dissemination and technical assistance. View the Minnesota Assistive Technology Manual.  Sign up for the AT listserv.

Educators must consider assistive technology for all children with an Individualize Education Program  and provide assistive technology for students who require it. Assistive technology can be as simple as a pencil grip or as complex as a voice-activated computer.

In addition, MDE has developed a series of DVDs on AT topics, including Administrative Supports for AT, The SETT Framework for Consideration of AT, Universal Design for Learning and Organizational Tools, and Tools for Reading, Writing and Math. Contact Kursten Dubbels at 651-582-8562 for more information on AT.

Related Services
Related Services are defined in IDEA as "transportion and such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education." Contact Mary Hunt at 651-582-8676 or view a list of related services resources.
  • Special Education Division Foundation Statements   pdf iconPDF 
    Mission, vision, guiding principles and values
  • 2013 Literacy Camp Application 
    Literacy in Disabilities 2013 is an intensive weeklong entry level course focusing on teacher skills to support struggling readers, taught under the direction of Drs. David Koppenhaver and Karen Erickson, including opportunity to apply learning to direct work with struggling readers. Limited to 20 participants. Partial scholarships are available. Due Feb. 18, 2013.