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    Welcome to the Department of Special Education. The Atlanta Public Schools’ special education programs are founded on the belief that students with disabilities will receive a quality education that will lead to meaningful academic, social, emotional and behavioral outcomes for our students.

    The Atlanta Public Schools' Department of Special Education offers a broad continuum of services for students three (3) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Following a comprehensive assessment that may include a psychological evaluation, educational testing, speech-language assessment, audiological testing and other assessments, a student may be eligible to receive services in one or more of the following categories:
    • Autism
    • Deafblind
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH)
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
    • Intellectual Disabilities (Mild, Moderate, Severe/Profound)
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Significant Developmental Delay
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech-Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visually Impairment & Blindness
    • Preschool Special Education
    We are looking forward to building positive relationships through effective communication with all stakeholders. We look forward to partnering with you as we work together to ensure that all children with disabilities achieve and that they are provided a continuum of appropriate, specialized services and supports.


    Special Education Contacts 

    Department of Special Education

    Atlanta Public Schools
    130 Trinity Avenue SW- 6th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303



    Emmaundia J. Ford
    Executive Director of Special Education
    Anne Dirden
    Assistant Director of Special Education
    Latoyia Williams
    Adminstrative Assistant II
    MaryAnn Green
    Coordinator of Psychological Services 
    Dr. Tracy Butler
    Special Education Coordinator
    Jackson Cluster K-8 
    Therrell Cluster K-8
    Dr. Samantha Fitts
    Special Education Coordinator  
    South Atlanta Cluster K-8 
    Douglass Cluster K-8 
    Dr. Samuel J. Hamilton
    Special Education Coordinator  
    Non Traditional Schools 
    Carolyn Harris
    Special Education Coordinator 
    Washington Cluster K-8  
    Dr. Nicklaus Khan
    Special Education Coordinator  
    Charter and Partner Schools 
    Wanda Kleckley
    Special Education Coordinator  
    Mays Cluster K-8
    Dr. Chang Robbins
    Special Education Coordinator  
    Carver Cluster K-8
    Tilnisha Rosser
    Special Education Coordinator  
    North Atlanta Cluster K-8
    Midtown Cluster K-8
    Dr. Gale Womack Jordan
    Special Education Coordinator 
    High Schools