Special Projects

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

  • Accessible Instructional Materials
  • Judy Olaiz, Assistive Technology Administrative Assistant

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

  • Assistive Technology (AT)

    Ann Gortarez, Bruce Kennedy and Mary Keeney, Assistive Technology Specialists

    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.

  • Data Management

    The Data Management team is responsible for the collection, review, validation, verification, and

    Peggy Staples and Chris Brown, Data Management Specialists

    analysis of special education data in Arizona.

  • Secondary Transition

    Andi Asel, Ana Núñez, Lorrie Sheehy, and Susan Voirol, Transition Specialists
    Sophia Estrella and Jeannette Zemeida, Administrative Assistants

    The Secondary Transition team works with students, families, school personnel, and other state agencies to address transition planning.

  • Secure Care

    Aanya Rispoli and Jan Shoop, Secure Care Specialists

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

  • 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. More information at 602 542-3855

    Contact Us

    Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services/Special Projects
    3300 N. Central Avenue, 24th Floor
    Phoenix, AZ 85012
    Tel: (602) 542-3855
    For questions please call the Special Projects Coordinator at the number listed above or e-mail Jeannette.Zemeida@azed.gov.

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