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Statewide Leadership for Three Low Incidence Disabilities

By Fred Shafer, Special Education Director, Region III Education Service Center

Region III Education Service Center in Victoria, Texas, has been assigned by the Texas Education Agency the decentralized statewide leadership responsibility to establish and implement an effective system to provide services to three low incidence disabilities. The three low incidence disabilities include students with severe and profound cognitive disabilities, students who are medically fragile, and students with deafblindness.

Region III ESC will work in coordination with the other ESCs in the state to establish a 20 region network that will enable the ESCs to work together to improve services to students identified as having one or more of the three low incidence disabilities. As the statewide leader, Region III ESC will provide statewide leadership in staff development and technical assistance to school personnel and parents of students who are severely and profoundly cognitively disabled and/or medically fragile.

Region III, in collaboration with the Texas Deafblind Project, will assist in the establishment of deafblind specialists in each of the 20 ESCs in the state. At this time, Region III ESC and the Texas Deafblind Project are developing competencies needed by the regional deafblind specialists. The development of the regional deafblind specialist is one of many activities that Region III will engage in to support the goals of the Texas Deafblind Project. Region III ESC and the Texas Deafblind Project will establish an ongoing working relationship to better provide services to students with deafblindness. Those who are interested in knowing more about the statewide leadership for the three low incidence populations can contact Mary Scott, Education Specialist at Region III ESC, at (361) 573-0731.


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