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Fairfax County Council of PTAs

Serving Fairfax County PTAs and PTSAs

Special Education Liaison

Job description: This Liaison serves as a resource to the school community about Special Education for students with disabilities.  Duties include:

Requirement: a moderate level of activity throughout the school year.


FCCPTA Special Education Meeting - March 10, 7 - 9 p.m., Gatehouse Café,  Panel discussion on how to support families of special needs students at schools. Plan to attend!  Contact:  specialeducation@fccpta.org

Communication is Key

Nuts and Bolts of being a Special Education Liaison

Build Awareness

  • Consider ways to raise awareness of disability and special education-related issues. For example, National Inclusive Schools Week (inclusiveschools.org) during the first full week in December, can be an opportunity to highlight inclusive practices, raise disability awareness and share information about resources available to families of children with special needs.
  • Other proven ideas:
    • Parent coffees with a presenter
    • “Field trips” for parents or for families to an activity or event
    • A Q & A –format in every edition of the PTA newsletter
    • Conduct a needs assessment of the families in your school
    • Include special education information in Welcome or Newcomer packets

Foster relationships that help students with special needs

  • This is primarily an information-sharing role. Provide factual information whenever possible.
  • Two important jobs are to listen and clarify.
  • Avoid taking sides in any individual dispute.
  • Remember the importance of keeping confidences and maintaining relationships with parents, teaching staff and administrators alike. You cannot help parents be informed advocates if you have alienated the professionals serving their children!
  • Beware single-disability focus or speakers promoting a specific agenda or product.
  • Welcome the entire school community to events and activities.

There is no one way to be a special education liaison

  • Beyond the tasks in the job description, there are no “required” tasks of the liaison.
  • Use what worked in past, but also try new approaches. If it does not fly, that is OK!                                    

Meet another liaison. Name: _______________________

Email/phone: ____________________________________


FCCPTA Special Education Committee                                            Compiled by Kelly Henderson Hagen