Department Overview

  • "Obtaining Success in the Least Restrictive Environment"


    Through collaborative partnerships with parents, educators, and the community, the Office of Exceptional Education supports the implementation of a rigorous curriculum for a diverse student body such that all students are positive contributors in a global society. exed


    Through professional development, training, and technical assistance, the Office of Exceptional Education strives to provide a continuum of services to ensure all students have a quality education that meets their unique needs; and prepares them to be productive, contributing members of a global society.

    The Office of Exceptional Education endeavors to:

    • Promote partnerships
    • Provide guidance and feedback
    • Foster family outreach efforts

     Family Engagement in Education

    No matter how little or how much time you have, you can still have a positive impact on your child's education at school and at home. November has been recognized as "Family Engagement Month." We have some resources that we hope will help you become more active in you child's education. 

    The Family-School Partnership Resources is compiled by the Virginia Department of Education's Family Engagement Network (FEN). You will find links to many resources available to parents. Family-School Partnership Resources

    The flyer from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides hints and tips on how to become involved at school.


    Training Opportunity: Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

    Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when their children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are certain decisions that you, as a parent, will have to make along the way. The purpose of this guide is to assist you in understanding four things:

    • What are some of the keys to your child’s academic success?
    • What decisions will you need to make regarding your child’s educational path?
    • At what point will you be making these decisions? In this guide, we refer to these as critical decision points.
    • What information will you need so that you can make the most well-informed decisions possible for your child?

    Training modules are available using the following link:

    I'm Determined - Parents - Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

    *Note: The Critical Decision Points platform work best on a tablet, laptop, or computer and is not built to be displayed on a phone.

    There are a total of 5 modules that are 3 to 5 minutes in length.

    This information is also available in print if you do not have access to a computer.  A fully accessible online version is located at the following web link: Virginia Department of Education’s Special Education - Parents Section.  To obtain a printed copy of the curriculum or to ask questions about the module training opportunities, please contact Tracy Lee, Family Engagement Specialist, via email, at, or by phone, at (804) 225-3492.


    Parent Survey

    Each school year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the “Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.”  To gather this year’s data, the School Year 2018-2019 Indicator 8 parent surveyresponse collection period will continue through January 31, 2020.

    Please use the following links to access the parent survey:

    English Version ----- English Version of 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Survey


    Spanish Version ----- Spanish Version of 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Survey






Contact Information

  • Exceptional Education & Student Services
    301 North Ninth Street
    13th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219-1927
    Phone: (804)780-7911
    Fax: (804)780-6869 or (804)780-5517