Families New to Special Education
Explore the resources below to gather information that can help you gain an understanding of the special education process as well as discover ways in which you can be involved in your child's education.
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Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Gather information that can help you understand the special education process.
Provides tips on how to request an initial special education evaluation for your child.
Overview of the timeline and legal requirements for a referral for an initial special education evaluation.
Provides information that can help parents gain an understanding of the basics of the admission, review, dismissal (ARD) process.
Discover tips that can help you prepare for your first ARD meeting.
Learn more about the essential components of an individualized education program for children eligible for special education services.
Gather information about Texas Education Agency’s special education complaints process and tips for resolving special education disputes.
Gather information about Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.
Find answers to common questions about special education.
View an alphabetical listing of many special education terms and acronyms that you and your child may need to know.
Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Explains parents’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Parent's Guide to the ARD Process
Contains information parents need to effectively participate in an ARD committee meeting