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Special Education

OSEP Leadership Conference

Santina Thibedeau, State Director of Special Education, and Michelle Lewis, Executive Director of Parent Information Center, presented on "Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement Action" at the 2015 OSEP Leadership Conference - All in Achieving Result Together in July.  The presentation focused on the strategies that New Hampshire uses to promote meaningful stakeholder engagement in improving the results for students with disabilities. Two initiatives were highlighted during the presentation; the first being district selection for special education monitoring and the development of the state systemic improvement plan.

New Hampshire Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Public Input Meetings / Webinars

The New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education hosted meetings/webinars regarding the re-adoption, with amendments, of the New Hampshire Rules for Education of Children with Disabilities.
Please see the
Recorded Webinars and the Stakeholder Input PowerPoint for more information. The final date of submission for input is Thursday, October 15, 2015. Please submit your written input to Please write “NH Rules Input” in the subject line.

New Hampshire Rules For The Education of Children With Disabilities Webinar (September 8, 2015 PDF document
New Hampshire Rules For The Education of Children With Disabilities Webinar (September 23, 2015) PDF document
Stakeholder Input PowerPoint PowerPoint

The mission of Special Education is to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with disabilities by providing and promoting leadership, technical assistance and collaboration statewide.

Special Education provides oversight and implementation of federal and state laws that ensure a free appropriate public education for all children and youth with disabilities in New Hampshire. more…

Special Education News / What's New

New Hampshire Rules
for the Education of Children with Disabilities
Administrative Rules, Acrobat Reader

NH Responds
New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials (NHAEM) Online System
Approved Private Special Education Programs New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials
CAT AID Reimbursement to Districts (Yearly) NH Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education Initiative
Educational Service Guidelines
Complaint Information New Hampshire Special Education Information System (NHSEIS)
Court Ordered Placement (Chapter 402) Next Steps NH: College, Career and Life Readiness
District Data Profiles Parent Involvement Special Education Survey
District Determinations Preschool
Educational Surrogate Parent Procedural Safeguards
Facilitation of Special Education Team Meeting Program Approval
Focused Monitoring Rate Setting
Forms and Resources Requests for Proposals
Frequently Asked Questions Safe Schools and Healthy Students State Planning Grant
Houses of Corrections Contacts
(For school districts contacting a NH House of Corrections regarding an incarcerated special education student)
Secondary Transition
IDEA Federal Funds Special Education Compliance Monitoring
Individual Program Approval (IPA) Special Education Directors by SAU Special Education Directors by SAU, Acrobat Reader
Laws/Rules/Policies State Advisory Committee on the Education of Students/Children with Disabilities (SAC)
Links State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
Memorandums, Numbered Statewide Census by Disability
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Training
NH Connections School and Family Partnership Plan Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Written Prior Notice Guidance  


Bureau of Special Education Staff
Bureau of Special Education Staff Responsibilities

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