Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education (GCDSE)
About the Council
Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Govenor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs.
The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities.
Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:
- early intervention
- special education
- lifelong learning
- independent living
- inclusion in the community.
The Council provides a constructive process that connects the public with policymakers, to ensure the thoughtful development of an efficient and seamless service delivery system that meets the needs of individuals with disabilities across the life span. Council bylaws.
The Council is composed of 28 members appointed by the Governor. Council members appointments are made on a revolving basis by an application process.
To find out more about Governor appointed positions with GCDSE visit the Boards & Commissions section of the Governor's site.
On this site you will find fact sheets, current roster, application, and a current vacancy list. Information on current or upcoming vacancies can also be obtained by contacting us directly toll free at: 1 (888) 269-8990 or in Anchorage: 269-8990.
What We Do
The Council serves a variety of federal and state roles, combining the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council.
Click here to see the organization chart that illustrates the Councils' roles.
Connecting the Public with Policymakers
Members of the Legislative Committee follow the actions of the Legislature, meeting at least once a month through statewide teleconference. The Legislative Committee organizes support or opposition for proposed legislation that may impact that lives of families and individuals experiencing disabilities. The Council delegates this role to the Legislative Committee (LC).
State Council on Development Disabilities
Under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, the Council serves as the State Council on Developmental Disabilities; in Alaska the Council is also responsible for interdepartmental planning and coordination of services to persons with disabilities. The Council delegates the day-to-day work to the Developmental Disabilities Committee (DD).
Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Council serves as the Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities which advises and assists Alaska's statewide Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program. The day-to-day functions of the ICC are delegated to the Early Intervention Committee (EIC).
Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Council also serves as Alaska’s Special Education Advisory Panel which advises and assists Alaska's statewide Special Education program administered through the Department of Education & Early Development. The day-to-day functions of the of the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) are delegated to the Education Committee (ED).
Governing Body of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA)
Members of the Council act as the governing board for the Special Education Services Agency, which supports the effective education of students with low incidence disabilities throughout Alaska. For more information you can visit their website at: www.sesa.org/
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
The Council reports on the status and needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and makes recommendations for funding on their behalf. For more information you can visit their website at: http://www.mhtrust.org/
Standing committees accomplish much of the Council's day-to-day work.
Each committee is chaired by a Council member. Members include: Council, agency staff and public members who are consumers and/or providers of services.