Special Education

Updated Documents
TEA has updated both the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (March 2015) and the Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process (March 2015). Both documents are linked on the first page of the Legal Framework website. The documents have been translated into Spanish as well.

Parent Involvement Newsletters - ESC Region 16
Click on the link below to access a variety of parent involvement newsletters produced by ESC Region 16. English and Spanish newsletters are available.

The Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) delivers accurate and timely answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Our purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals.
1-855-773-3839 (toll free)
Child Find Video
Please click on the link below for information about Child Find. The video is approximately 7 minutes.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities and their families with information about education, employment, and community living.
This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.

Please go to:

Featured Websites and Links for Parents and Students
Parent Companion - First 5 Years

Texas Special Education Information Center - SPEDTex

TEA Graduation Toolkit (English)

TEA Graduation Toolkit (Spanish)

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
iPad App Talk
Click here for the iPad handout.
Free Lifetime Admission to National Parks and Other Recreation Sites for People with Disabilities
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime entry pass for U.S. citizens and residents who have a permanent disability to visit more than 2,000 federal park and recreation sites. Many sites also give the pass holder a discount on related fees (camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). Learn more about the requirements and how to get your pass.You can download the requirements at:

The site will also explain how to get your pass.
You can also download the following PDF file: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf
This file lists federal recreation sites around the country where you can get a pass.
Visit Recreation.gov for information about parks, forests, campgrounds and other recreational areas near you.

The Autism Society, AMC Theaters: “Sensory Friendly Films”
The Autism Society has a posted a listing of theaters across America that show sensory-reduced films. AMC Theaters and the Autism Society worked together to produce “Sensory Friendly Films.” To reduce distractions, theater lights are brought up, the sound is lowered and advertisements and previews aren’t shown. Audience members can make noise and walk around and bring their own food to accommodate special diets.
“Sensory Friendly Films” are currently playing in the following Texas cities: Houston, Sugar Land, Arlington, Frisco, Garland, Mesquite, San Antonio and Austin.

Free Motor Skills Intervention Program
It is estimated that 6 - 15% of school age children have significant motor impairments. The following website provides information about a free motor skill intervention program for children with movement difficulties that interfere with their academic abilities.
Contact: Priscila Caçola, Ph.D. - University of Texas at Arlington
USA Paralympics – Texas Regional Sport Opportunities
Click here to access a listing of community adapted sport resources for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This list can help you locate Paralympic sport opportunities near you.
For additional information on Paralympic sport, visit:
Darlene Hunter
Local Outreach Coordinator, Community/Veteran Programs
Paralympic Division, U.S. Olympic Committee

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