Access to the General Curriculum

This program is responsible for organizing and conducting professional development and technical support that facilitates students with disabilities gaining access to a curriculum and instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the least restrictive environment.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, schools are responsible for providing students who are receiving special education services the opportunity to participate in school through the least restrictive class setting. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) has six principles that provide the framework for how special education services are designed and provided to students with disabilities. These principles are:

  • Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • Appropriate evaluation
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Parent and student participation in decision making
  • Procedural safeguards

Alone, and together, these six principles work to guarantee that children with disabilities can go to school every day, learn what other children learn, except perhaps in different ways, and have their individual educational needs determined and addressed.

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