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The Office of Special Services is responsible for the state’s oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state’s responsibilities under IDEA.
The Office of Special Services also works to guarantee that the State’s Performance Plan is effectively implemented by means of policies and procedures that ensure that:
- The rights of children with disabilities and parents of such children are protected.
- Educators and parents have the necessary tools to access research-based educational tools that support the teaching of children with disabilities.
- All educational personnel who teach children with disabilities are qualified to do so and are supported with ongoing professional development.
- Technical assistance and dissemination of information by the Department are coordinated and timely.
- Technology, data and media services that support the Department’s Office of Special Services are coordinated, maintained and current.
The Department is seeking trained mediators with mediation experience and knowledge about special education law. Mediators conducting special education mediations pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (“IDEA”) must be prequalified with the Department to be on the pre-approved mediator list.
The Department is seeking Hearing Officers to preside over Special Education hearings persuant to the IDEA. Attorneys who have eight years of experience as Hearing Officers or Administrative Law Judges are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have expertise in litigating or adjudicating special education matters.