Special Education Services/IDEA Coordination

The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act is a broad based piece of legislation that guides the work of districts in delivering services to students with disabilities. Special Education Services at ESC Region 13 support LEAs as they implement the major components of IDEA and work to ensure that all students have access to the general curriculum. In addition, Special Education Services at ESC Region 13 provide ongoing support to LEAs in meeting federal and state compliance requirements.

Special Education/IDEA Coordination Programs

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.
Adapted PE >
Information and resources.
Assistive Technology >
This program provides best practice information regarding assistive technology to Region 13 clients and provides Region 13 clients with state of the art equipment and software through the Assistive Technology Preview Center. Assistive Technology is "technology for learning".
Autism >
This program provides best practice information regarding autism. Providing support and encouragement to educators and parents through opportunities for learning, instruction, and hand-on technical assistance.
Behavior >
The Education Service Center Region 13 Behavior Team is comprised of both general education and special education specialists.  Our focus is to provide districts and campuses with technical assistance in the area of behavior management from the campus level to the individual student.
Child Find >
This program's purpose is to identify and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age with disabilities and their possible need for special education and related services. Child Find is a free referral and information service available through local education agencies and Education Service Center Region 13.
Facilitating IEPs >
Facilitating IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) or, in Texas, Facilitating ARDs (Admission, Review, and Dismissal) is a term used to describe an approach on the rise in special education.
IDEA Compliance and Support >
The purpose of this program is to provide support, technical asssitance and training to school districts and charters to ensure compliance with Federal and State Special Education laws, regulations and rules. Services provided include onsite eligibility folder review and a comprehensive program evaluation.
Library at ESC Region 13 >
This program maintains an online collection of books, videos and other materials of interest to educators and parents working with student with special needs within our region.
Low Incidence Disabilities >
This program provides training and support for teachers who work with students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (SMSCD) including intellectual disability, deafblind and medically fragile. The LID program provides opportunities for professional development, participation in statewide pilot programs for best practices, and hands-on technical assistance.
Multicultural & Diverse Learners (MDL) >
The Education Service Center Region 13 Multicultural and Diverse Learners (MDL) website is here to assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) meet the educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.  Our focus is to provide districts and campuses with technical assistance and professional development in closing the achievement gap between student population groups, increasing cultural awareness, and reducing disproportionate representation in special education.
Parent Companion >
Parent Companion First Five Years website is a guide for Texas Parents and caregivers of children diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.
Parent Involvement >
Parent involvement has been included in state and federal law as a major educational issue since the 1980s. As parent involvement programs have evolved and been accepted by school stakeholders, research strongly indicates that one of the most effective forms of parent involvement is when schools engage parents to work directly with children on learning activities. Region 13 offers support to both parents and schools through special education, training, Title I, technical assistance, and onsite support.
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) >
This program's goal is to promote best practices, training and technical assistance in early childhood settings for teachers and administrators working with three to five-year-old children with disabilities.
Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) >
This program's goal is to provide service to eligible students with auditory impairments from ages birth to 22.
Related Services: Occupational and Physical Therapy >
The purpose of this portion of Region 13's website is to provide training, support, and resources to our region's Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.
Special Education Leadership Network >
The Special Education Leadership Network consists of the special education contact person from each district and charter school special education program in the region. These leaders meet on a regular basis. Their meetings focus on state, region-wide, and individual LEA needs to determine training, provide technical assistance, and gather input for special education program planning.
Speech Language Pathology Services >
This program provides training and technical assistance in the area of Speech Language Pathology.  This may include support with program evaluation or student specific concerns.
Strategic Instruction Model® >
The Strategic Instruction Model® offers a research validated answer to the question, “How do we respond when students don’t learn?” by providing  explicit, integrated instructional 'tools':  Content Enhancement Routines in core classrooms and Learning Strategies for small group intervention. It is a comprehensive and integrated literacy program for secondary schools supported by more than 30 years of research by the University of Kansas.
Student Evaluation>
This program's goal is to promote knowledge and application of best practices in the evaluation of students with disabilities.
Transition >
Transition planning helps students with disabilities and their families prepare for the transition to adult life after graduation from high school. For students with disabilities who receive special education services, federal and state law requires school districts to include a discussion of transition services in the development of the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) at the annual ARD meeting.
Visual Impairment Services >
This program is responsible for supporting programs for students with visual impairments. Services include professional development for teachers of the visually impaired, certified orientation and mobility specialists, braille transcribers and families of students with visual impairments. Additionally, technical assistance, equipment support, and on-site visits are provided to school personnel.
Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (www.txautism.net) >
This leadership function of TEA is housed at ESC Region 13. This leadership function provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism.