Special Education

How to request compensatory services for students, seek support for students experiencing homelessness, and contact the special education director regarding student evaluation concerns.

Educación Especial

Request Compensatory Services

To learn how parents of students with disabilities can request compensatory services for students who were previously denied an appropriate Full Individual and Initial Evaluation (FIIE) or whose FIIE was delayed, please refer to the “Comp Services One Pager” PDF.

Comp Services One Pager (English)

Comp Services One Pager (Spanish)

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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.

Contact information:

Phone: 1-855-773-3839
Email: [email protected]
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Notice of Procedural Safeguards

SPEDTex Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Information Required for Compliance with Senate Bill 139

Senate Bill 139

Note to families: You may have already received this information from your local school district with the appropriate contact information to pursue an initial special education evaluation. All students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired have already been evaluated and are currently receiving special education services but you may contact TSBVI’s special education director, Valerie Perwein, at the number listed if you have a concern regarding the evaluation of your child while in attendance at TSBVI. (Download PDF, English)

Adjunto hay información de la Agencia de Educación de Texas relacionada con la evaluación de Educación Especial. Es posible que ya haya recibido esta información de su distrito escolar local con la información de contacto de su distrito para realizar una evaluación inicial de educación especial. Como saben, su hijo(a) ya ha sido evaluado y ha estado recibiendo servicios de educación especial en nuestra escuela, la Escuela para Ciegos de Texas. No obstante, si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la evaluación de su hijo durante el curso de asistencia a TSBVI, puede comunicarse con la directora de educación especial de TSBVI, Valerie Perwein, al número que figura. (Bajar el PDF en Español)

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act requires that students who are experiencing homelessness be identified and supported. Homelessness is identified by the Act as any student who is living in a homeless shelter, doubled up with other people, living in a car, park, empty building, bus or train station, or living in a motel or campground. The assigned McKinney-Vento homeless liaison for TSBVI is social worker Helen Hollis, 512-206-9194. For more information, refer to the Texas Education Agency’s website.

Additional Information

For information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Dyslexia, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, refer to the TEA website.

Dyslexia Resources

2021 Texas Dyslexia Handbook: Learn more about your child’s rights and the laws regarding the identification and services for students with dyslexia and related disorders.

2021 Dyslexia Handbook Updates (English) and 2021 Dyslexia Handbook Updates (Spanish): Important changes to help families understand what to expect if they have a child with dyslexia, suspect their child may have dyslexia, or have a student in a grade where dyslexia screening happens for all students.