Guidance and Resources

English Learners with Disabilities

Published: 3/28/2024 10:19 AM

​​​​​​​​​​This page provides information and resources for districts in planning for and supporting families and individuals who are English Learners (EL) with disabilities. 

Kentucky- Director of Special Education (DoSE) Institute (2019): English Learners (ELs) with Disabilities PowerPoint and English Learners with Disabilities Critical Fact Sheet 

The Parent and Family Rights and Parent and Family Resources webpages contain information on the special education process and links to additional resources and organizations focused on supporting families and individuals with disabilities.

The District Guide for the English Learners Program provides guidance for all districts in developing, maintaining, and improving an instructional program for English Learners that meets state and federal regulations.

English Learners : This webpage includes a variety of resources to support English Learners with disabilities from the United States (U.S.) Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) including the Q&A Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement and the Dear Colleague Letter on IEP Translation. 

Multitiered System of Supports for English Learners: These presentations and briefs, from OSEP, focus on tiered approaches to improving reading and language outcomes for ELs. These projects support the development and implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive models for multitiered system of supports for ELs, including those with or at risk of having a disability.

Kentucky Coalition for English Learners (KY-CEL): KY-CEL provides networking, professional learning and advocating opportunities to improve the learning experiences for ELs. Resources specific to ELs with disabilities include:

Tools and Resources for Addressing English Learners with Disabilities : This chapter of the English Learner Tool Kit is intended to help state and local education agencies meet their obligations to ELs. This resource includes questions Admissions and Release Committees (ARCs) may want to consider for identification and evaluation, as well as tools and resources for referral, identification and assessment. This tool kit should be read in conjunction with the Dear Colleague Letter on “English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents," (2015)

The following resources from WIDA provide information and research on supporting ELs with Disabilities:

General Resources

KDE English Learner and Immigrant Resources: This page contains tools and resources created by the U.S. Department of Education (USED), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to support districts in serving English learner (EL) and immigrant students. 

KDE Title III - English Learner and Immigrant Students: The information contained on this website is based on the federal and state regulations and the Office of Civil Rights program requirements for the education of English learners and immigrant children and youth. 

KDE ACCESS for ELLs: This page contains information from the Office of Assessment and Accountability on English language proficiency assessments for EL's including the ACCESS, Alternate ACCESS and WIDA Screener.   

KDE Early Learning & Preschool: Kentucky's preschool education programs are available for all four-year-old children whose family income is no more than 160% of poverty; all three and four-year-old children with developmental delays and disabilities, regardless of income; and other four-year-old children a s placements are available based on district decision. This page contains tools and information on Preschool and Early Childhood.   

Seal of Biliteracy: The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district or state in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. This page contains further information and resources on the Seal of Biliteracy.​​


​Shasta Hensley
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
Division of IDEA Implementation and Preschool
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970 x 4103

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