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The TEA's Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process states: There is a two-part test for determining whether your child is eligible for special education and related services: (1) your child must have a disability; and (2) as a result of the disability, your child must need special education and related services to benefit from education. To meet the first part of the two-part test for eligibility, a child between the ages of 3 through 21, except as noted, must meet the criteria for one or more of the disability categories listed below:

  • auditory impairment (from birth);

  • autism;

  • deaf-blindness (from birth);

  • emotional disturbance;

  • intellectual disability;

  • multiple disabilities;

  • noncategorical early childhood (ages three through five);

  • orthopedic impairment;

  • other health impairment;

  • specific learning disability;

  • speech or language impairment;

  • traumatic brain injury; or

  • visual impairment (including blindness from birth).

The ARD committee must make the eligibility determination within 30 calendar days from the date of completion of the initial evaluation report.

Acronym List

  • ACCESSAcademic, Community & Career Environment for Student Success
  • ALCActive Learning Class
  • ARDAdmission, Review & Dismissal
  • APEAdapted Physical Education
  • ASDAutism Spectrum Disorder
  • ATAssitive Technology
  • BIPBehavior Intervention Plan
  • CMContent Mastery
  • ECIEarly Childhood Intervention
  • ECSEarly Childhood School
  • EDEmotional Disturbance
  • EPMEvaluation Planning Meeting
  • ESYExtended School Year
  • FAFunctional Academics
  • FAPEFree & Appropriate Public Education
  • FBAFunctional Behavior Assessment
  • FERPAFamily Educational Rights & Privacy Act
  • FIEFull Individual Evaluation
  • GTGifted and Talented
  • IDIntellectual Disability
  • IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • IEPIndividualized Education Program
  • IHPTIn-Home/Parent Training
  • ITPIndividual Transition Plan
  • LDLearning Disability
  • LRELeast Restrictive Environment
  • LSCLife Skills Class
  • LSSPLicensed Specialist in School Psychology
  • MTMusic Therapy
  • OHIOther Health Impairment
  • OTOccupational Therapy
  • PLAAFPPresent Levels of Academic Achievement & Functional Performance
  • PPCDPreschool Program for Children with Disabilities
  • PTPhysical Therapy
  • RTIResponse to Intervention
  • SAGESpecial and Gifted Education Parent Group
  • SAILSocial and Interpersonal Learning
  • SBSSpecialized Behavior Support
  • SISpeech Impairment
  • SLCStructured Language Class
  • SLPSpeech Language Pathologist
  • TEATexas Education Agency
  • TEKSTexas Essential Knowledge & Skills

Procedural Safeguards

ARD Guide

In-Home/Parent Training

Early Childhood Intervention (ages birth to 3 years)

Collin County ECI


Denton County ECI


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