Minnesota

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

COVID-19 Response:

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Impact on Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Part C and Part B/619 Identification, Evaluation and Provision of Services

Summary: This is a document with questions and answers about early childhood development for students with disabilities during COVID-19. Specifically, it discusses the process by which families can apply for and join the “Help Me Grow” program, a completely online program in which youth with disabilities receive developmental assistance.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 Guidance for Employment Services

Summary: This bulletin provides guidance to lead agencies and HCBS employment service providers about the importance of implementing Employment First policy, the availability and use of HCBS waiver employment services, both in person and via remote technology, and the right of people with disabilities to make informed choices about returning to work during the peacetime emergency.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Human Services

Topic: Transition

COVID-19 Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Summary: Minnesota created a document with resources for families who have a student with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include learning activities for students with disabilities, mental health assistance for special education families, tips for dealing with the stress of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual support services for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Family Engagement

Parent Guidance

Summary: This is a document with guidance for parents containing frequently asked questions regarding special education during COVID-19. It explains what distance learning is, how schools will adjust distance learning to accommodate for students with disabilities, and how families can best engage with the distance learning process for students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Family Engagement

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Due Process

Summary: This is a document with questions and answers about special education during COVID-19. It discusses eligibility for extended school year services, requirements and processes for IEP teams to make necessary COVID-19-related adjustments to IEP plans, and legal requirements for schools to remain in accordance with both Minnesota and federal law when providing additional virtual services to students with disabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Special Education Instruction, Services, Programming, Funding and Resources

Summary: This document contains questions and answers regarding special education during COVID-19. It provides information regarding the legal requirements for providing additional educational services for students on an IEP, scheduling adjustments for students with disabilities, and both legal and logistical information to help students with disabilities and their families adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Special Education COVID-19 Resources

Summary: The Minnesota Department of Education developed a web page that provides guidance related to special education services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information on the following topics: special education instruction, services and programming, due process, early learning, special education finance and resources for families.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement