North Dakota

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

COVID-19 Response:

Behavioral Health Supports During COVID-19

Summary: This web page provides links and resources to mental health services and hotlines that assist those dealing with COVID-19-related trauma. Additionally, this page highlights the third party provider Parents Lead, which provides information and assistance for parents attempting to promote positive mental health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

Operated by: North Dakota Behavioral Health Division

Topic: Mental Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: This Q&A web page answers questions from North Dakota parents about their child’s education, many of which pertain specifically to disabled students. The page informs parents that each school district will provide online counseling services to students coping with COVID-19-related trauma. The page also provides guidance to potential COVID-19-related IEP adjustments, particularly distance learning and changes in in-person instruction.

Operated by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Guidance on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Summary: This is a document with guidance for educators and parents. The document outlines education related services during COVID-19.  It lists special education considerations for schools reopening, significant policies influencing special education, guidance for parents attempting to assist their student with a disability with distance learning, and additional educational resources for parents, educators and students with disabilities.

Operated by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

In-Home Supports Questions and Answers

Summary: This is a document with frequently asked questions and answers regarding people with developmental disabilities during COVID-19. Specifically, it highlights North Dakota’s “In Home Services” program, in which students with disabilities can receive support from in-person instructors at home.

Operated by: North Dakota Human Services 

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 Special Education

Summary: This web page begins by listing guiding questions for schools regarding how they should reopen to best accommodate needs of students with disabilities. The page lists resources for IEP providers regarding additional services that may be provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also lists responses to frequently asked parental questions and concerns about instruction of youth with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as providing necessary engagement resources for parents of students with disabilities.

Operated by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Topic: IEP, Family Engagement

COVID-19 Equitable Online Learning through the Lens of Student Needs

Summary: This web page lists considerations for updating students’ IEPs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as environmental needs and concerns. The web page also discusses best practices for holding IEP meetings and adjusting IEPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

COVID Compensatory Services Information Paper

Summary: This document discusses the manner in which and circumstances under which IEP providers should alter IEPs due to COVID-19 to provide compensatory services. It highlights what compensatory services may include, and it emphasizes extended circumstances under which IEP providers may prescribe these services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Topic: IEP

Resource Center

Summary: This web page provides a variety of resources for parents and families assisting with their child’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources discuss reopening processes and procedures, best practices for family engagement, procedures for most effectively addressing mental health concerns among youth, and so on. 

Operated by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, Mental Health, Family Engagement