Special Services

The Special Services Department at ESD 123 provides a range of services to schools and communities with special needs students. These services may include many types of “related services” for a student, in addition to consultation with school staff to program reviews and program compliance work with OSPI. The Special Services Department also supports Transition Services and the training needs of its districts within the region.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 1997 defines related services as “transportation and such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education…”

School Districts and local communities
The ESD 123 Special Education Consortium strives to enhance regional capacity in order to recruit and retain hard-to-find special education personnel, while helping manage costs, promoting consistency in services and increasing collaboration through improved communication for participating districts.

The ESD Special Services Department also maintains strong connections with local, regional, and state experts in helping provide the necessary referrals for our constituents and community patrons.

What We Have to Offer:


  • Technical Assistance
  • Program Reviews and Program Development
  • State Level Compliance Reviews
  • Washington State Special Education Law
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Annual compliance monitoring
  • Special Education Policy and Procedures
  • Administration of Special Education Program
  • Response to Intervention Program Review and Development
  • Child Find/Eligibility
  • Early Identification and Assessment of Students
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Instructional Materials, Equipment, Technology, and Curriculum Support
  • Orientation and Mobility Services
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired Services
  • Braille Services
  • School Psychology
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Deaf Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Transition Services

Want to learn more?

Dr. Craig Bailey
Special Services Director
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