Special Education resources

Workshops

The district hosts several workshops for families of special needs individuals. Topics include life planning, guardianship, vocational rehabilitation services, residential options and more. Be sure to check out the Parent workshop calendar for details.

Admission, review and dismissal (ARD) process

An admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committee determines a child's eligibility for special education services and makes most of the major decisions about the child's special education placement and the services needed. If an ARD committee is formed for your child, you will be a member of that committee.

Learn more about the ARD process and your rights and responsibilities in this document created by the statewide leadership for The Legal Framework project team and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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

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

Notice of procedural safeguards

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides certain rights to the parents of children with disabilities. This document created by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides a full explanation of the the procedural safeguards available under IDEA.

Notice of procedural safeguards

Spanish - Notice of procedural safeguards

If you have any questions about the information in this document or need someone to explain it to you, reach out to one of the local special education contacts listed below.

Garland ISD

Dr. Debi Buchanan
Executive Director, Special Education
972-487-3300
DBBuchan@garlandisd.net

Region 10 Education Service Center

Dr. Pamela Baker
Program Coordinator
972-348-1654
pamela.baker@region10.org

PATH Project

www.partnerstx.org

Linda Westrick
Program Coordinator
lwestrickpath@gmail.com

Video surveillance

We may record special education settings upon the request of a parent, the District’s Board of Trustees, or staff member for the purpose of promoting the safety of students with disabilities in these classrooms.

See our video surveillance page for more information.

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.