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September 2022

Special Education Newsletter

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Notice of Procedural Safeguards Update

The translation of the September 1, 2022, updated Notice of Procedural Safeguards is now available in 28 languages for LEAs to download on the SPEDTex website. Thank you to the SPEDTex team for expediting the translations!


Newly Published Courses from TEA's Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network

Child Find Duty-Everyone’s Responsibility and ARD Committee Manager Training are now available as free self-paced courses on the TEALearn platform. TEA issued credits are available upon completion. Visit the Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network's website to learn more about these topics.  

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month in the United States. Check out TEA's Dyslexia and Related Disorders webpage for resources, guidance, and information or take a course on TEALearn to find out more about dyslexia. 

Department News

TSLAT's Mentor Guides

The Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT) has three mentoring guides on their website. These guides are designed to provide mentors of teachers with easy-to-follow course tracks and resources to facilitate the professional development of teachers. The three mentor guides include:

  • Onboarding Special Education Teachers
  • Onboarding General Education Teachers
  • Behavioral Guide

Each guide provides the mentor with a suggested course scope and sequencediscussion questionsvocabularykey points, and a "for the mentor" section that will help facilitate meaningful mentoring sessions with teaching staff. 

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Evaluating Dyslexia in the Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) Webinar

This webinar describes evaluation procedures for dyslexia as a specific learning disability under federal and state law. New evaluators are encouraged to view this recorded webinar. Veteran evaluators may also want to review this information as a refresher. 

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TSD/TSBVI Dissemination Requirements

A newly posted document, Required Annual Dissemination, can be found under the State Guidance section on TEA's Sensory Impairments webpage. This document outlines the responsibility of the local education agency (LEA) to provide, annually, in writing to each parent or legal guardian of an eligible student with visual or auditory impairments, information about the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) or Texas School for the Blind And Visually Impaired (TSBVI) before considering the student's placement for special education services. Students who are deafblind should receive information from both schools.

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Potential On-the-Job Funding for Transition Services for Students With Disabilities

This newly posted document was created to share information about how LEAs can access funds to support on-the-job training for transition services for students with disabilities. This document and other resources can be found under the Related Content section on TEA's Secondary Transition Guidance webpage.

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Free Resources from TEA's Inclusion in Texas Network

This network assists LEAs with building capacity to develop and appropriately implement instructional programs that provide meaningful access to inclusive environments and grade-level standards, where appropriate. TEA's Inclusion in Texas network provides a variety of FREE resources on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Inclusive Practices in Reading and Math, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Assistive Technology, and Tier 1 Supports.

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Announcement from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

As America’s kids get back to school and continue to recover from the challenges of the pandemic, ensuring that all families have access to affordable high-speed internet is more important than ever. That’s why we are writing to make sure you know about a new federal program available to the kids and families you serve: Millions of families can now get free, high-speed internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program by signing up at GetInternet.gov.

Here is the U.S. Department of Education’s Affordable Connectivity Program “Back to School” Toolkit, which provides actionable recommendations – and a ready-to-use Backpack Flyer – that schools and community partners can use to help students and their families sign up.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households up to $30/month off internet bills (or $75/month on Tribal lands), as well as a one-time $100 discount off a laptop, tablet, or computer. To further lower costs, the Biden-Harris Administration secured commitments from internet service providers across the country to offer high-speed plans that are fully covered by the ACP – meaning millions of working families can now get high-speed internet without paying a dime.

Nearly 40% of U.S. households qualify for ACP, but millions of families have yet to claim their benefit. Households are eligible if they make up to 200% of the federal poverty level ($55,500 for a family of four), and are also eligible, regardless of income, if they participate in certain federal programs. Critically, households qualify for ACP – without regard to income – if any member of the household:

  1. participates in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch or Breakfast program, including a child who attends one of the over 33,000 Community Eligibility Provision schools; or
  2. is receiving a Pell Grant this school year.

Families also qualify if someone in the household participates in Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, WIC, Supplemental Security Income, and other programs.


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.

Join the SPEDTex mailing list or visit the site to locate resources you need. 

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 Job Listings

Special Education Complaints Investigator (Education Specialist IV)

Director, Special Populations Strategic Integration (Director II)

Special Education Strategic Integration Specialist (Education Specialist IV)

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