The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.
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Texas Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide can help students with disabilities to plan for adult life. You can begin planning while you are in school. Use this guide to find out what to expect and where to find help. You will see the term “family” used to describe the person or people in your life who support you. Family might be your mom, your dad, or another family member.
SB 139 Notice to Families
A parent or guardian has the right to request a special education evaluation at any time. It is best to submit this request in writing to your school’s principal or to the school district’s special education director. If your child is pre-school age and not yet enrolled in school, send the letter to the district’s special education director.
Compensatory services are used to help students make up for progress or skills they lost when their special education services were not provided. This includes situations where a child does not get special education services because he or she was denied a timely initial evaluation, but later found eligible.
Texas has long regarded significant disproportionality as a critical issue requiring a comprehensive solution to ensure a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to every eligible child under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Determinations for whether significant disproportionality (SD) based on race/ethnicity occurs with respect to the identification of children as children with disabilities are made annually and include:
• Identification as children with particular impairments;
• Placement of children in particular educational settings; and
• Incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions.