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Here you will find recent communication from Special Programs Leadership and general information about Special Education.
NOTE: Students in these classes: ECSE, SAILS, ABCD, WAVE, SEALS, TIDES had the option to choose face to face instruction from August 31 to September 14. Classes are 8:30-3:30. For students whose parents chose virtual (remote) instruction, parents are expected to check their student's Google Classroom daily.
a. ECI transition (also known as Project Launch)
b. Monthly child find screenings conducted by DISD Child Find Assessment Team (Contact Kathy Linkey)
c. Private School Referral process - contact Maggie Burk for additional information.
a. A campus RtI may refer a student for a full, individual evaluation (FIE) which is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team led by either a speech language pathologist (SLP), an LSSP (licensed professional in school psychology) or an educational diagnostician. Upon completion of the FIE, the student’s ARD committee will meet to review the evaluation, determine eligibility for services, and, if eligible, plan the students individualized education plan (IEP). (Contact your campus counselor)
Special Education Assessment Services
Special Education Instructional Services
Special Education Related Services
a. Students who are eligible for special education in another Texas district or from another state are entitled to immediate special education services upon enrollment in DISD. The parent should bring a copy of the most recent ARD or IEP paperwork to the campus ARDC facilitator. If the parent is able to provide sufficient information, or the facilitator is able to obtain enough information from the sending district, then DISD attempts to match services as closely as possible. Otherwise, a “transfer” (or temporary) ARD is held and services are implemented pending receipt of full records. Within 30 school days of the initial verification or transfer ARD, the student’s ARD committee will meet to do a full ARD to finalize evaluation, goals, objectives, services and placement. (Contact your campus ARDCF)
Special Education is a system of specially designed instruction that includes both educational and related services for students who have been identified as having a disability and needing specially designed instruction.
In Dickinson, we have a wide range of instructional supports ranging from inclusion support, dyslexia instruction, self-contained classes (for highly supported academic instruction, life and functional skills, and behavioral instruction). We also offer a variety of related services, such as occupational and physical therapy, assistive technology, counseling, and more.
All special education services are determined by the student's ARD committee.
Please visit our ARD Committee Process Page to learn more about the ARDC process.
Please visit our Evaluation Services page to learn more about our special education evaluation services.
Please visit our Special Ed Instructional Services Page to find descriptions of the variety of services we offer.
Please visit our Related Services Page to find descriptions of related services.
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