Resource Centers

The U.S Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and other department offices support projects that provide information and technical assistance to families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

OSEP Technical Assistance Centers

OSEP funds more than 50 centers to provide a diverse range of services and supports to special education stakeholders. These centers provide technical assistance services to families, schools, districts and states. Find an OSEP TA Center (PDF).

Equity Centers

The Department of Education funds Equity Assistance Centers (EAC) under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. These centers provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, national origin and religion to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities.

Visit each center’s site to find more information about EAC services and to request support:

  • Region I: Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia.
  • Region II: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.
  • Region III: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
  • Region IV: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Comprehensive Centers

Department of Education-funded Comprehensive Centers create a network of region-specific centers that provide technical assistance to their state education departments and national content centers that work through the regional centers to provide expertise in high-priority content areas. Visit the Comprehensive Center Network.

Regional Education Laboratories

Department of Education Regional Educational Laboratories conduct applied research and trainings with a mission of supporting a more evidence-based education system. Find a Regional Education Laboratory.

Self-Advocacy (Employment)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration funds the National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center. Visit the RAISE Center.

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