Special Projects

The Special Projects Unit is comprised of multiple areas that are quite distinct from each other:

Accessible Educational Materials

This unit assists Local Education Agencies to obtain textbooks and other core instructional materials for students on IEPs who require alternative formats to access printed text.

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Assistive Technology (AT)

The Assistive Technology (AT) team provides ongoing statewide assistive technology training, technical assistance, and resources to guarantee that all students and school personnel have equal access to appropriate AT strategies and services.

Janet Fukuda, Mitch Galbraith and Bruce Kennedy, Assistive Technology Specialists
Elida Acosta, Administrative Assistant

Data Management

The Data Management team is responsible for the collection, review, validation, verification, and Analysis of Special Education Data in Arizona.

Maria Durazo and Peggy Staples, Data Management Specialists
Judy Olaiz, Administrative Assistant

Medicaid School-Based Claiming

Medicaid School-Based Claiming (MSBC) is a joint federal and state program that offers reimbursement for both the provision of covered medically necessary school-based services and for the cost of administrative activities.

Secondary Transition

The Secondary Transition team works with students, families, school personnel, and other state agencies to address transition planning, and includes Post School Outcomes (PSO).

Andi Asel,  Ana Núñez, and Melinda Rafanan, Transition Specialists
Jeannette Zemeida, Administrative Assistant
Jay Johnson, PSO Specialist
Eric Ashenfelter, PSO Support

Secure Care

The Secure Care team works toward successful reintegration of students from secure care facilities to community and life.

Aanya Rispoli, Secure Care Specialist

Traumatic Brain Injury

Exceptional Student Services contracts with a training consultant to provide training services to Arizona educators, parents, and interested community members in the basics of working with students with traumatic brain injuries in school and community settings. For information on TBI, email Jeannette Zemeida.

Contact Us

Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services/Special Projects
James Rivera, Director of Special Projects
Physical Location: 3300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Mailing Address: 1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin #24, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone: (602) 542-3855
For questions please call the Special Projects Coordinator at the number listed above or e-mail [email protected]

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