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General Information

Special Education Service Agency
3501 Denali Street
Suite 1
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 334-1300 (Local)
(907) 562-0545 (Fax)
(907) 563-8284 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

SESA is an educational service agency comprised of a low incidence disability service inclusive of a statewide lending library. Low incidence disabilities include autism, Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH), vision impairment, emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities. In addition, SESA operates two grants: Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC) Alaska Deaf Blind Project (DSI)

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Number of staff: 20
Geographic area served: Alaska.
Publications: SESA Newsletter (monthly, digital only).


Angel Black, Specialist, (907) 334-1333,
Anne Freitag, Librarian, (907) 334-1301,
Patrick Pillai, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities of daily living; braille; handwriting; typing; use of assistive technology such as video magnifiers, Optacon, electronic mobility aids; home management; sensory training; rehabilitation teaching in student's home and community, sensory training.
  • Education Services
    • Provides instruction in all developmental areas, parent and teacher training, and consultant services to other programs. Accepts deaf-blind, mentally challenged, other multiply disabled students, ages 3-21. Offers a special blind program, college preparation, academic, vocational and skills development programs. Itinerant staff delivers on-site services statewide to local districts. Provides instructional materials for students who are blind or visually impaired in Alaska.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides career and skills counseling, consultation to other agencies, and pre-vocational evaluation. Refers for other employment services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides technical assistance, training, and consultation to school districts with students who are visually impaired.
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