About Us

In 2007, during a pivotal time for meaningful education reform in the District of Columbia, a group of educators created the District of Columbia Association for Special Education (DCASE), an alliance of nonpublic special education and charter schools that serve students with disabilities from the District of Columbia. DCASE members have been providing special education services to students for many years, and are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all DC students with disabilities, wherever their needs are best served.

Our Vision

To fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children.

Our Mission

DCASE supports its members in helping students with special needs succeed. We do this through advocacy, special education resources, and strong partnerships that provide services to children, families and schools. 


The DCASE ConsortiumSpecial Education services for local public schools - Learn more!


DCASE Strategic Plan 2013 – 2016

Facing the challenges ahead.


Gone But Not Forgotten
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Anne Chambers Gay

Anne Gay provided vision, direction and leadership for DCASE as our first Executive Director from 2007 until her passing in 2011.  She was a beloved educator and friend, and continues to be missed by the many whose lives she touched.