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Navigator Program

The Navigator Program, a partnership between the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs and South Dakota Parent Connection, provides individualized guidance to parents of children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs and school professionals at no cost.

Navigators remain objective and neutral as they help both parents and school personnel to:

  • Locate and utilize information and resources
  • Improve family-school communication
  • Build (or re-build) partnership
  • Reach or make progress towards agreement
Peer Navigator Consultants are located around the state and have expertise in issues related to special education, disability, special health care needs, communication and conflict resolution.

Working with a Navigator is an informal, time-limited problem-solving process and does not limit a parent's right to use formal processes such as the help of an advocate, filing a complaint, request a facilitator or mediator assigned by the state or filing for a due process hearing.

For assistance, contact the SD Department of Education's Office of Special Education at (605) 773-3678.
Download Navigator Program Brochure