Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

How the Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition Helps With Special Education Services

Special education is a service that children with disabilities can receive if they are eligible. Children who learn differently may need a different way of teaching. This is what special education can do for them. CDIC can help families learn about special education and the process for getting your child the services they need.  

Schools do evaluations to see if a child is eligible for special education services. Parents need to give permission in writing for the schools to do the evaluation. After the evaluation is complete, the school schedules an ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) meeting. At the ARD meeting, parents and the school staff review the evaluation results.

At the ARD meeting, school staff and parents must agree with the results of the evaluation. They will decide if special education services are needed. If the child needs special education services, an IEP (Individualized Education Program) is developed for the child. 

Parents should participate when writing goals and objectives. The child may qualify for services such as speech, occupational, or physical therapy. The plan is designed to meet the individual needs of the child. 

Parents need to understand the process. It is also important  to understand the acronyms and the words that are used during these meetings. Most importantly, parents must understand that they are an equal partner of the team when it comes to their child’s education. Many parents feel nervous and confused when trying to understand this process.  Often, parents don’t understand what kind of help their child can receive at school. Parents are the experts when it comes to their child’s needs, and it is important that parents share that information with the school staff.

This is one of the reasons why CDIC is important for parents. They offer training and support that helps parents learn and understand the special education process. CDIC also offers an annual children’s disabilities symposium. The symposium has different sessions on topics about children and youth with disabilities.

To get information and updates on special education rules and regulations, check out the CDIC website or call them at (915) 217-2747. For more information about the special education process, check out our page on Education and Schools.

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