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.
The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.
- Texas has special guidance regarding the identification and treatment of dyslexia and related disorders via the Texas Dyslexia Handbook
The handbook has been revised—please see new link: 2021 Texas Dyslexia Handbook (revised from 2018)
For information about dyslexia services in Austin ISD, please visit the district's dyslexia website.
- The Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update: IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR FAMILIES TO UNDERSTAND
- CAMBIOS IMPORTANTES QUE LAS FAMILIAS DEBEN ENTENDER