• Yvette Martinez 
    Special Education Ombudsperson
    (203) 275-1753


    The purpose of the Special Education Ombudsperson is to provide support to parents, guardians, and students throughout the special education process. The Ombudsperson works neutrally and objectively with all parties to help make sure that eligible students receive services and supports necessary for them to benefit from public education, as guaranteed under federal and state laws.

    The Special Education Ombudsperson acts by:

    • Helping parents/guardians better understand special education processes and regulations

    • Acting as a neutral facilitator between home and school to help solve problems related to special education

    • Acting as a neutral and confidential sounding board to explore options for resolving special education related issues

    • Advising callers about communication strategies that help to support a team approach to a child's educational program

    Advocating for a fair process

    The Special Education Ombudsperson:

    • Does not act as an attorney

    • Does not provide legal advice

    • Does not determine special education policy