Austin ISD is committed to providing quality services for all our students. The term “special education” refers to instruction that is specially designed to meet each student's needs throughout the school day.
All students are general education students first, and the provision of special education and related services, or Section 504 accommodations and supplementary aids and services, are provided in addition to general education—not in place of it. The primary instructional goal for all services is that students with disabilities are able to access and progress in the general curriculum through an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, built on a standards-based framework.
The Special Education team exists to support the Austin ISD mission of ensuring that children who receive special education services are provided with access to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The team also works to ensure that students receive a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and participate fully in future social, economic and educational opportunities.
We are excited to announce that the Special Education team will be providing parent and family training sessions. All sessions include an opportunity for question and answer. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. over Zoom, with meeting links to come. Family Information Series PDF / Serie informativa familiar PDF
- Sept. 10: Zoom Technology Training / Capacitación en tecnología de Zoom
Families will learn how to use Zoom as a participant. Video: youtu.be/ppoFi6auIZ0
- Sept. 17: Creating a Student Workspace at Home / Crear un espacio de trabajo para el estudiante en casa
Families will learn how to create a workspace at home for students and families participating in distance learning. Video: youtube.com/watch?v=DY_fLMptC_A
- Sept. 24: Attending a Virtual ARD Meeting / Asistir a una reunión virtual de ARD
Families will receive guidance on attending a virtual ARD meeting. Video: youtu.be/daWR090nmU0
- Oct. 1: Procedural Safeguards, updated 2020 / Procedimientos de protección
Special Education Department leadership will review the parent procedural safeguards document. Video: youtu.be/UGZ_TxlGtU0
Evaluations & Safety
Specialized personal protective equipment is being secured for classrooms in which personal care is provided to students. PPE options will be provided to staff based on the specifics of their job assignment.
Our evaluation professionals are eager to return and work with students! Upon the start of the school year, they will begin scheduling evaluations and contacting families of students with pending evaluations.
Families will be provided information regarding the location of testing and safety protocols established for their student’s testing during the pandemic. Each campus will provide specific details regarding students' individualized plans for instruction and services
Parents will receive a new Virtual Learning Consent form for the 2020–21 school year via email.
ARD committees must consider remote learning and create continuity plans for students to ensure students are prepared when remote learning must occur. Special education case managers will contact families regarding the 2020–21 school year plan to be developed through an ARD meeting or amendment if appropriate.
- Parent input in the development of the continuity plan is crucial.
The special education support from the district level will continue through the Professional Learning Networks. Each network is supported by an administrative supervisor, coordinator, behavior specialist and life skills team member. These teams work directly with each child's campus to help support our families.