Louisiana

Learn more about what Louisiana is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Continuous Education for Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document is a direct service guide that allows for schools to help develop and implement learning plans that address direct services. The document focuses on three steps: assessing family need and providing online learning resources and technology if necessary, developing either a high-technology or a low-technology approach to the student’s learning environment, and implementing remote education. The document also includes additional online resources for students with disabilities, such as telehealth services.

Operated by: Louisiana Department of Education 

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, Telehealth

Continuous Learning for Students with Disabilities Supporting Guidance Documents

Summary: This document includes information on academic resources, continuous education, a family toolbox on how to support children with disabilities and IDEA timelines, for the extended school closure during COVID-19. 

Operated by: Louisiana Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Louisiana Department of Education COVID-19

Summary: The Louisiana Department of Education developed an online page to share resources for families, as well as up-to-date information and guidance for schools and centers. These resources cover topics including distance learning, IEPs, technology and family engagement.

Operated by: Louisiana Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement, IEP

Start Strong 2020

Summary: To create a strong start to the 2020-2021 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education is focused on helping school systems address unfinished learning from the 2019-2020 school year, set the foundation for continuous learning in 2020-2021 and prepare for potential modified operations in the future. The Department of Education developed a Start Strong 2020 web page which addresses these concerns and provides numerous resources specifically regarding special education services.

Operated by: Louisiana Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Timelines and Documentation During Extended School Closure for Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document helps school systems provide special education and related services in a distanced environment and maintain special education compliance. It provides specific information on when IEP meetings will occur, the medium over which they will occur, and considerations for additional services for students with disabilities, such as compensatory education programs.

Operated by: Louisiana Department of Education 

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement