General Information and Resources
The TEA’S Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process states: There is a two-part test for determining whether your child is eligible for special education services: (1) your child must have a disability; and (2) as a result of the disability, your child must need special education and related services to benefit from education. To meet the first pare of the two-test form eligibility, a child between the ages of 3-21, except as noted, must meet the criteria of one or more of the disability categories listed below:
- auditory impairment (from birth)
- deaf-blindness (from birth)
- emotional disturbance
- intellectual disability
- multiple disabilities
- noncategorical early childhood (ages three- through five)
- orthopedic impairment
- other health impairment
- specific learning disability
- speech or language impairment
- traumatic brain injury
- visual impairment (including blindness from birth)
The ARD committee must make the eligibility determination after the completion of the initial evaluation report.
Parent’s Guide to the ARD Process in other languages:
Procedural Safeguards in other languages:
The Special Education Information Center (SPED Tex) 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.
If you have questions about special education in Texas, SpedTex is available to help.
Region 10 ESC has created and shared the Interagency Brown Bag. This digital platform can easily be accessed and shared. You can look up agencies’ contact information and provided services. Agencies can also submit their information from within the app. Region 10 is excited to bring this tool to you.