Special Education resources

We have collected several resources to provide you with more information about:

  • the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA)
  • the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee
  • the rights and privileges of students with disabilities and their parents
  • moving from one academic level to another

Understanding the process and your rights

What is Special Education?

A presentation created by the Parent Coordination Network.

What is Special Education presentation

Parent's guide to the admission, review and dismissal process

A guide created by the Statewide Leadership for the Legal Framework Project Team and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that explains the special education process and a parent's procedural rights and responsibilities.

Parent's guide to the admission, review and dismissal process

Parent's guide to the admission, review and dismissal process - Spanish

Notice of procedural safeguards

A document created by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that provides a full explanation of the the procedural safeguards available under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Notice of procedural safeguards

Notice of procedural safeguards - Spanish 

Moving from one school to another

Change is never easy and special needs students moving from one major academic level to another face unique challenges. Watch the following videos to hear from district experts, parents and students about solutions for the challenges special needs students face when transitioning from one school to another.

Helpful websites

The Legal Framework
The Texas Education Agency and Region 18 Education Service Center partnered to provide a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic.

Texas Project FIRST
Families, Information, Resources, Support & Training
Created by parents for parents, this website is designed to make it easy to find Texas Education Agency (TEA) information and resources specific to students with disabilities and their families.

Special Education in Texas A-Z Index
An index of Special Education related terms with links to appropriate information on The Texas Education Agency website.

Region 10 ESC
Region 10 Education Service Center, located in Richardson, provides school districts and charter schools in the northeast Texas area with professional development, programs, and services designed to improve student achievement and school district efficiency.