Austin ISD is committed to providing quality services for all students. 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 Special Education team ensures children who receive special education services are provided with access to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. We are committed to ensuring students with disabilities receive maximum access to the general education curriculum through a continuum of services and the use of inclusive evidence-based practices.

Inclusive education means creating an educational environment where all students have the opportunity to participate and learn. The Department of Special Education and members of the Austin ISD Inclusion Workgroup developed a set of principles (Austin ISD Guiding Principles of Inclusion). that guides our implementation of inclusive practices. The principles align with special education law that requires school districts to include all students to the maximum opportunity appropriate to learn with children who do not have disabilities—in academic, nonacademic, and extracurricular activities. This part of IDEA is called Least Restrictive Environment or LRE.

Special Education Required Postings

Find specific special education requirements and updates via topic links to TEA's website. 

Updates on Partnership with the Texas Education Agency

Austin ISD has been working closely with TEA for more than a year to catch up on our backlog of special education evaluations.

Austin ISD & TEA Partnership Staff Portal

2023-24 District-Required Professional Learning (Requires staff login)


Cameras in the Classroom

Senate Bill 507 outlines requirements for school districts and charter schools related to the placement of cameras in special education self-contained classrooms and other settings.

find help for my child

 Learn more about Special Education and finding help for your child 

Austin ISD Operating Procedures for Students with Disabilities

The Special Education Operating Procedures explain the policies and procedures of Austin ISD and are consistent with state and federal regulations.


U.S. Department of education

Find federal education legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents. Learn more at the Office of Special Education Programs.


House Bill (HB) 3928


Special Education Records Request

Request Special Education records through our online form.




Special Education Record Requests

Email: speddept@austinisd.org

Help Desk: 512-414-SPED (7733)

Records: 512-414-4252

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Update Your Contact Information

To update by phone, call your student's campus.

To update online, log in to Frontline SIS Self-Serve account, a tile located in the AISD Portal at portal.austinisd.org. Go to the "Edit Contact Info" tab to update your phone number and email address.