Special Education

Before 1975, only one in five children with disabilities attended public school. Federal legislation changed that. With more than 6 million children receiving special education services, educators, parents, and providers face many challenges on the road to improving outcomes—and improving lives—for students with disabilities.

Our Work

AIR conducts federal, state, and local projects designed to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and their families. We offer training and technical assistance support for implementing evidence-based practices in each of the 50 states and ten U.S. territories, as well as in hundreds of local school districts.

Addressing Significant Disproportionality

AIR provides comprehensive, customized services to state and local education agencies throughout the country to address significant disproportionality (SD) in special education.

Learn how our SD team can support your work.

Our areas of expertise include

We also develop projects that analyze and synthesize information related to policy initiatives in special education and early intervention and conduct cutting-edge research on emerging, high-priority topics related to special education.

Allison Gandhi
Vice President
Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds
Managing Researcher