Special Education

Expect the Best — And Make It Happen!


We support K-12 public school and community college districts in meeting the special educational needs of students with disabilities. Our priority is to provide services and support for students in achieving their highest academic and personal potential, with the greatest chance for successful independent living.

Our team includes teachers, specialists, paraeducators, psychologists, nurses, clerical staff and administrators. Each plays a vital role in reaching our goal: To deliver the highest quality instruction to every student we serve.
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Special Education InitiativeSpecial Education Initiative
LACOE is working to preserve and expand its special education offerings by making them more relevant to districts' current needs....Read more
What We DoWhat We Do
We provide services for students with severe disabilities through agreements with the county's Special Education Local Plan Areas. Our focus is on providing positive behavior support, high-quality teaching and a healthy learning environment....
Our StudentsOur Students
We serve some 3,200 young people with severe disabilities, operating 106 special day classes on 30 public school campuses. Students also may be served at health care facilities or at home, or they may be enrolled in district classes and receive required services such as speech therapy....
Our ServicesOur Services
We provide the full range of required services for students in special day or district classes: speech and language therapy, psychological counseling and guidance, orientation and mobility instruction, health and nursing, adapted physical education, occupational and physical therapy, vision services, transportation, and deaf and hard-of-hearing services....
Early StartEarly Start
California's Early Start program ensures that infants and toddlers with special needs and their families receive coordinated services during the first three developmentally critical years of life. Through our Early Intervention Support Services, we promote and coordinate this program countywide. Services include child find and referral, public awareness activities and interagency coordination. For information, contact Joseph Rivera, coordinator....Read more