Italy Independent School District

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2017-2018

Special Education

Italy ISD provides special education services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21 who have a need for specially designed instruction. Identification of children with disabilities begins at birth.
 
“Child Find” ensures that children with educational difficulties and/or challenges have access to evaluations and services applicable.
 
Services for children who have auditory or visual impairments may begin at birth. Services for students with other disabilities begin at three years old. A student must meet eligibility criteria in one of the following areas: auditory impairment, autism, emotional disturbance, learning disability, mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment.
 
Parents are an important part of the educational process and an integral member of the Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) Committee, which develops an appropriate program for each student. For more information, contact us at 972-483-1815 or http://framework.esc18.net/
 
 
Special Education Areas of Disability 
 
Visual Impairment (birth-21 years) *Auditory Impairment (Birth-21 years) *Deaf-Blind *Orthopedic Impairment *Other Health Impairment *Mental Retardation *Learning Disability *Speech Impairment *Emotional Disturbance *Autism (including Asperger’s & PDD) *Traumatic Brain Injury *Multiple Disabilities Instructional arrangements available for eligible students include: 
 
Content Mastery/Resource:
This instructional arrangement provides special education and related services in a setting other than regular education. Students are served at scheduled times, or on an as-needed basis.
 
Self-Contained/CBI:
This instructional arrangement provides more intense special education services to students who have more severe challenges. 
 
Inclusion:
This instruction arrangement will provide special education services and related services to students who instruction can be provided in the general education classroom with educational support.
 
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD):
This program provides services for children who are aged 3-5. The classroom includes a certified teacher and a paraprofessional and weekly speech therapy. 
 
Speech Therapy:
This instructional arrangement provides special education services for children identified by the Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) as needing speech services. It is administered by a certified or licensed speech therapist.
 
Related Services:
Related services are provided when necessary to enable a student to benefit from the educational setting. Related services include such areas as physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling services, transportation, and interpreters for the deaf and visual services.
 
Extended School Year (ESY):
ESY is an extension of the student’s school year in an attempt to prevent the loss of critical skills. The loss of a critical skill results in one or more of the following: 1) placement in a more restrictive environment; or 2) significant loss of self-sufficiency in self-help skill areas as evidenced by an increase in direct services and/or an increase in the amount of time required to provide special education or related services. The ARD documents the need for and defines the provision of extended year services based on data from the parents and school staff. The student must exhibit regression (the loss of a previously mastered critical skill) without recoupment of that skill within a reasonable amount of time.
 
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