Parents Need to Know
Parents concerned about their child’s speech, physical, and/or emotional development are invited to contact their district’s special education department or their home campus to set up a free evaluation. The testing process begins as early as age three.
The Individualized Education Program (or IEP) is updated every year and includes goals for each child, written by teachers, parents, and staff. The IEP meeting where the student’s IEP is created and discussed, is called the ARD (Admission, Review, and Dismissal).
For children and students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), teachers or parents must first request an evaluation for disability before the school can create an IEP.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) coordinates special services to blind children or those with a visual impairment (VI), DeafBlind (DB), and deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). The TEA collaborates with the 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs), the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).
Services for students with sensory impairment can be found here.
School Support and Accommodations
The ARD committee and IEP can specify that special transportation services are necessary for the student to gain a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Those students are eligible for no-cost transportation services. The ARD committee evaluates the student’s disability, communication skills, the location of special education services, and the child’s reliance on specialized equipment to decide if a child is eligible for these transportation services.
Parents and students are highly encouraged to take advantage of the vast array of IDEA special education resources that are available in San Antonio public school districts. With the right tools and educational plans, children with physical and/or learning disabilities can flourish in the public school environment.