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Special Education Services

Research-Based Support for Exceptional Learners & the Educators Who Serve Them

ESC Region 12 offers numerous programs and services to support districts and their Special Education staff with meeting the needs of students. This includes complying with state and federal legislative requirements, securing funding, and training Special Education staff and administrators to ensure that all their students have the opportunity to be successful regardless of special needs or disabilities. 
  • The Assistive Technology program provides support to assistive technology specialists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, therapy assistants, special educators, and general education teachers involved in inclusion in order to improve outcomes for students whose special needs require the use of assistive technology.

    • Research-based professional development 
    • Consultative/professional assistance 
    • Preview/loan library for assistive technology devices and software 
       

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  • The Autism program provides research-based professional development and networking opportunities for General Education teachers, Special Education teachers, related service providers, and community agencies.

    Benefits include technical assistance and professional expertise/consultative services in the areas of:
    • Evidence-based practices
    • Behavior management
    • Communication
    • Social interaction
    • Other strategies listed in the state autism supplement
    • Program Evaluation
    • Instructional Coaching


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  • Child Find services provide expert assistance to parents, community agencies and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to assist with identifying children with disabilities. The goal is to ensure that the public and LEAs are aware that services may be available for students with disabilities from birth through the age of 21.


    Child Find Hotline: 254-666-0911


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  • The Deaf & Hard of Hearing program provides support to teachers, assistants, interpreters, and administrators from the four Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf (RDSPD) and individual districts in order to improve outcomes for students who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. 

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  • The identification and instruction of students with dyslexia and related disorders is mandated by the state of Texas. ESC Region 12 provides professional development and consultative assistance in the following areas:
    • Identification and assessment of students with dyslexia.
    • Instructional strategies for students with dyslexia.
    • Interpretation of state guidelines and mandates regarding dyslexia.
    • Development of local plans and programs designed for educating students with dyslexia.

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  • The ESC Region 12 Evaluation Program provides professional development and consultative assistance to school districts and charter schools. The purpose of this program is to not only assist in meeting federal and state mandates but promote knowledge and application of best practices in the area of student evaluation. ESC Region 12 also provides opportunities for collaboration, review of current topics, and the sharing of information with colleagues.

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  • The use of facilitated IEP meetings is a national trend and has come to be considered not only essential to the IEP process but "best practice." ARD/IEP facilitation is not addressed in special education law. However, facilitation is being used to help IEP teams reach agreements in a collaborative manner. The ESC Region 12 FIEP program provides professional development that will build capacity among all stakeholders in order to increase the likelihood of quality outcomes for students with disabilities.

    Professional Development topics include:
    • Effective Collaboration in the IEP Environment
    • How to Develop a Facilitated IEP Process
    • IEP Facilitator Training

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  • Foster Care & Student Success, housed in Texas Education Agency’s Division of Federal and State Education Policy maintains resources and information to advance the education of student's impacted by foster care. The resources and materials provide guidance related to the unique circumstances surrounding students who are in the foster care system and attend Texas public schools.

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  • The focus of the Progress in the General Curriculum team is to offer teachers and administrators specific training and consultative services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. Topics include:

    • Inclusion
    • Accommodations with Modifications
    • Service Delivery Models
    • Standards Based IEPs
    • Effective Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

    We provide guidance on the following:
    • Developing and supporting inclusive education environments
    • Developing and supporting collaborative relationships
    • Alignment of IEP, Instruction and Statewide Assessment
       

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  • The Low Incidence Disabilities program provides research-based professional development and technical assistance to professionals and paraprofessional serving students with severe cognitive disability and who are deaf/blind and medically fragile.

    Benefits include technical assistance and professional expertise/consultative services in the areas of:
    • Research-based professional development
    • STAAR Alternate
    • Aligning the curriculum, instruction and assessment
    • Literacy Training Modules
    • Math Training Modules
    • Program Evaluation
    • Instructional Coaching

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  • Non-violent crisis intervention training is a positive and proactive approach to addressing disruptive behavior. This program is concerned with providing the best possible care, welfare, safety and security of students through early behavioral intervention. The training provided will empower educators with skills to deescalate and intervene with behavior that may pose a risk of harm to others, while working toward the goal of prevention of out-of-control behavior.
     
  • The Parent Coordination program provides professional development and technical assistance to ESC Region 12 customers including parents, teachers, administrators, community agencies and community members. 

    This service addresses the needs of customers to improve the satisfaction of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. Evaluation of your current program is also available. 
  • The primary focus of the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities/Pre-K is to offer teachers and administrators specific training and consultative services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, and evidence-based practices in Early Childhood Education. 

    Topics Include:
    • High Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program
    • States Performance Plans 6,7,11,12
    • Preschool Least Restrictive Settings
    • Behavior and Classroom Management
    • Standards Based IEPs
    • Explicit Instruction
    • LEA Collaborations with ECI, Head Start and Child Care Providers
    • Early Childhood Transition
    • Early Childhood Outcomes & Pre-kindergarten Guidelines


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  • The Related Services program provides support to occupational therapists, physical therapists, therapy assistants, and personnel assigned roles in the provision of assistive technology in order to improve outcomes for students whose special needs require the provision of related services and in meeting the requirements of state and federal regulations.
    • Research-based professional development 
    • Consultative/professional assistance 
    • Continuing professional development hours appropriate for license renewal

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  • ESC Region 12's Response to Intervention (RtI) Support program provides professional development through training, technical assistance, and leadership to district and charter school personnel. The program is based on both federal legislation and a statewide initiative.

    Technical assistance to LEAs is offered to develop a district/campus framework that addresses the needs of all students through a continuum of services which provide high-quality instruction and tiered intervention strategies aligned with individual student needs for grades K-12. 

     

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  • The focus of School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports is to provide an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools to design effective environments. A primary goal is to improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.

     


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  • The Secondary Transition/Post-School Results program provides professional development to ESC Region 12 customers. This program addresses the needs of customers to be compliant with both federal and state laws and focuses on compliance for State Performance Plan Indicators 1, 2, 13 and 14. 

    Benefits Include: 
    • Strategies to increase graduation rates
    • Strategies to decrease drop-out rates
    • Assistance to districts preparing students with disabilities as they transition to post-school opportunities
       

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  • Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. ESC Region 12 supports districts and charter schools in their understanding and implementation of these federal requirements by offering professional development and technical assistance.

     


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  • This service provides professional education and technical assistance to Region 12 districts in the area of special education to Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists.

     

    • Purchase technology & equipment as recommended by the district VI or O&M professional
    • Program evaluation
    • Technology Olympics
    • VI Play Day 
    • Camp Teen Challenge
    • Fall Harvest


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  • ESC Region 12 supports Special Education leaders from each district, SSA and Charter School within the region. ESC Region 12 hosts meetings throughout the year as well as offering professional development topics related to Special Education and Section 504.

    ESC Region 12 also offers support to Special Education leaders through:
    • Professional/Consultative Assistance
    • On-site Consultation
    • New Special Education Directors’ Mentoring

     

  • School Districts and Charter schools are required to comply with both state and federal legislation that impacts student outcomes. ESC Region 12 offers professional development and consultative assistance in meeting these requirements. 

    Topics include:
    • Accountability reporting
    • Campus Improvement Planning
    • State Performance Plan (SPP)
    • Local Education Agency (LEA) Determinations
    • Significant Disproportionality
    • Current state and federal initiatives
    • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS)

     

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  • Special Education Funding specialist will provide technical assistance and professional development to all ESC Region 12 LEAs and Charter Schools, including eGrants, MOE, and IDEA funding accountability.

    Benefits Include:
    • Compliance with Special Educations funding regulations
    • Efficient use of funds for the benefit of student achievement
    • Budget planning for Special Education programs
  • School districts and charter schools are subject to the residential facilities monitoring system (RFM) if they serve students with disabilities who reside in residential facilities (RFs) within their geographic boundaries or jurisdiction. In accordance with 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §97.1072, the RFM system provides standards and procedures for monitoring special education programs offered to students with disabilities residing in RFs.

     

    ESC Region 12 supports districts and charter schools in their understanding and implementation of these requirements by providing resources and technical assistance.

  • The Special Education Instructional Coaching Program provides job embedded professional development and expert assistance to Special and General Education PK-12 educators to improve teacher and student success. 

    Assistance is provided in the following areas:
    • Roles and Responsibilities of the General and Special Educator
    • Least Restrictive Environment
    • Implementation of the IEP
    • Instructional Strategies
    • Classroom/Behavior Management
    • Compliance with state and federal guidelines

    Customized services may include:
    • Campus Based Professional Development
    • Collaborative Planning
    • Data Analysis
    • Resource Alignment
    • Classroom Observations
  • The Speech Language Pathology program provides support to speech language pathologists and assistants to improve outcomes for students identified with speech impairment (SI) and to meet the requirements of state and federal regulations. 

    • Research-based professional development
    • Consultative/professional assistance
    • Continuing professional development hours appropriate for license renewal
    • Lending library for speech language evaluation materials
    • Access to the TEA/TWU TETN distance learning program to obtain a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders 
    • Technical assistance in program evaluation and monitoring preparation


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  • Student discipline issues can significantly affect academic outcomes for students.

    Services provided to LEAs include:
    • Student observations
    • Professional development
    • Disability-specific trainings
    • Addressing issues of disproportionality
    • Technical assistance 
    • Parent training 
    • The goal is to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
       
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  • Legal Framework
    This service is to assist local district and charter school special education personnel in providing a free, appropriate public education to all students with special needs. Federal and state laws and regulations are emphasized in this process.

    School Health and Related Services (SHARS)
    The School Health and Related Services (SHARS) program allows Texas school districts (LEAs) and shared service arrangements (SSAs) to request Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services. The Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee determines SHARS services. Services must be medically necessary and reasonable to ensure that children with disabilities are able to participate in the educational program.

    OSEP Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities in Juvenile Corrections
    This toolkit includes evidence- and research-based practices, tools, and resources that educators, families, facilities, and community agencies can use to better support and improve the long-term outcomes for youth with disabilities in juvenile correctional facilities.

    Targeting the 2% - Texas Gateway Resource
    This is a professional development initiative focused on improving instruction and outcomes for students who transitioned from assessments based on modified standards to the general STAAR®assessment. The site contains downloadable reading intervention lessons for grades K–5.

    • This guide is issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce.

    • TEA designed the Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties with understanding TEA's special education dispute resolution system. The handbook is not intended to be legal advice. 
    • The Parent-directed Treatment Project is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and hosted by Texas A&M University. Parent trainers will provide face-to-face treatment and/or online training for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Parents or caregivers will be instructed in how to improve the communication skills of their own children. They are looking for parents or caregivers who have children up to age 22 with ASD. After completing the online application form, participants will be contacted soon.
  • Non-Educational Community-based Support Services funding is annually made available to school districts for the provision of noneducational community-based support services to certain students with disabilities and their families so that those students may receive an appropriate free public education in the least restrictive environment according to the Texas Education Code §29.013. (PDF)

    The application for noneducational funds must be initiated and completed by the local education agency (LEA). The application process requires the collaboration between the LEA and Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG). Noneducational funds are available annually for noneducational services provided between September 1 of the current year and August 31 of the following year. All expenditures and payments for services must occur between those dates.

     

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Autism Resources
The Autism Resources email group provides a variety of information and resources for those educators and administrators who are responsible for addressing the instructional needs of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Join Now >

Dyslexia

This group is intended for parents, administrators, and teachers who are interested in the education of students with dyslexia. It will be used to provide information about training opportunities, current issues, and state and legal updates.  Join Now >

Early Childhood Educators
This group is intended for Pre-K and PPCD teachers to learn about upcoming trainings, current research and information regarding Preschool Children with Disabilities.  Join Now >

Evaluation Personnel

This email group is for educational evaluation personnel within Region 12. The listserv provides reminders of upcoming trainings, conferences, and other events, as well as providing information from TEA regarding special education and evaluation of students with disabilities.  Join Now >

Related Services 
This group is intended for OTs, PTs, SLPs, teachers of students with visual and/or auditory impairments, and assistive technology specialists involved in the delivery of related services and assistive technology evaluation and implementation.  Join Now >

SLP / SLPA 
This group is intended for SLPs and SLPAs, as well as interested administrators and coordinators, who would like to be informed of hot topics and upcoming events in the field of speech language pathology and related areas.  Join Now >

Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists 
This group is for Teachers who serve students who are Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists who serve students with Visual Impairments. Join Now >

Transition/VAC 
This group is intended for parents, administrators, and teachers who are interested in the area of Transition and Vocational instruction for individuals with special needs. It will be used to provide information about training opportunities, current issues, and state and legal updates. Join Now >

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