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Welcome to the DISD Special Education Instructional Services Page!
Here you will find descriptions of the variety of instructional services we provide to our Gator Students who have the need for specialized instruction. DISD is focused on the Individual in Individualized Education Plans (IEP) Focus! In line with our mission to personalize education, we are placing a greater emphasis on developing and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Our team of dedicated special education teachers and staff will work closely with you and your child to create a tailored IEP that addresses their specific strengths and challenges, ensuring they receive the appropriate support and accommodations to reach their full potential. We offer a full continuum of instructional services, click on the tabs below for more information.
Philosophy: In accordance with federal and state guidelines, and in consideration that all students must take grade level assessments, DISD provides a continuum of services that focuses on maximizing time in the student’s grade level general education environment for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Students with significant or profound disabilities may be provided a mixture of self-contained classes for core subjects and mainstream settings for electives.
Goals: To provide an individualized educational plan (IEP) in the student’s least restrictive environment (LRE).
Process: The student’s ARD committee determines all instructional and related services.
Locations: As it is not financially feasible to offer all programs at all campuses, DISD has implemented a system to place various programs on different campuses, adhering to the following goals:
- equitable access amongst various geographical locations within the school district
- special transportation dynamics
- equitable distribution of special programs among campuses
We used to use various acronymns to identify these programs, such as RISE, SAILS, WAVE, TIDES, SEAS, SANDS, SAILS, ABCD, however, during the 2023-24 school year, we have chosen to eliminate those acronyms in the interest of providing clear communication for the instructional continuum.
The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years old who need specially designed instruction by a special education teacher in order to access an educational program.
In Class Support (ICS) is a special education service available for students from Pre-K to 12th grade.
The Behavior Teaching Continuum (BTC) is a specialized program offered to students from Pre-K to 12th grade who require targeted support in managing their behaviors. The BTC services are delivered by the Behavior Team, a group of professionals trained in addressing behavior-related needs effectively.
Pull Out Services (P/O) are specially designed instruction (SDI) offered to students between the ages of 3 and 18+ years old, who have specific educational needs that require targeted instruction within a special education setting, which means students are removed from the general education classroom to receive focused and individualized support.
The Medical/Fragile - Centralized Support program provides intense instructional and medical services to students between the ages of 3 years to 18+ years who have significant medical and/or fragile needs that require specialized attention and care.
Speech Therapy Services
Philosophy: In accordance with federal and state guidelines, DISD provides Speech and Language therapy as an instructional service so that the student may benefit from his/ her special education instruction and for implementation of a student’s IEP. Speech and Language therapy in the educational setting differs from the received from the traditional medical model of services (outpatient therapy). Educational need for therapy is determined by a student’s ability to perform in his/ her educational setting.
Goals: Improve classroom participation, assist classroom teachers in students mastery of speech related TEKS, and provide support for classroom teachers and staff.
Process: Speech and Language therapy evaluations can be a part of a student’s initial evaluation if problems in areas are identified at the time of initial referral through the districts PST process or child find. If the student is already enrolled in special education a speech and language evaluation may occur at any time an educational need is identified through the districts Campus RtI Team.
Description: Services are delivered in a variety of models and/ or a combination of models such as: in class support, teacher consultation, and direct pull out from educational classroom. Services are centered around finding a way for each individual student to participate in their education to the best of their ability.
Click HERE to go to the Speech Therapy page.
Click HERE to go to the Related Services Page
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