About Us

The Office of Special Education is responsible for improving results for children and youth with exceptionalities, primarily through leadership and financial support to local education agencies and for the administration of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).

Disability History Week

West Virginia is committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society and as such the Legislature has designated the third week of October as Disability History Week. Each public school (including charter schools) is required to provide instruction on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement. Instruction may be integrated into the existing school curriculum through supplemental lesson plans, holding school assemblies, or other whole school activities intended to promote awareness and understanding of disability history and the disability rights movement.

Download Disability History Week Resources

National Special Education Day

December 2nd is National Special Education Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on December 2, 1972. Read more about our Heroes of Education who are committed to supporting, enhancing and advancing special education in West Virginia. #SpecialEducationDay #WVSpecialEducationDay

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Contact Us

  • Building 6, Suite 750
    1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
    Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330

  • Fax: (304) 558-0459