The Arlington ISD Special Education Department Office Has Moved!

Effective September 3, 2013, the AISD Special Education Department's Office has relocated to the following address:

 

Enterprise Centre
2nd Floor
690 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76011
 

Our main office phone number has remained the same - 682.867.0800.

Upcoming Activities and Parent Trainings

 click on the links below for specific dates, times, locations, and flyers

 
Champions Day at Hawaiian Falls (June 21 & August 9)
8:30am - 10:30am
Enjoy exclusive ride times for children and individuals with disabilities and their families. Then stay and play all day. Click on the link below for a free Champion ticket.
 
Access Life Expo (June 14)
Register at: access-life.org or call 214-893-9056
 
Parent Involvement Newsletters - ESC Region 16
Click on the link below to access a variety of parent involvement newsletters produced by ESC Region 16. English and Spanish newsletters are available.

 

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Welcome to the AISD Special Education Website!

Paula Long
Paula Long
Director of Special Education
682-867-0800 
I am pleased to have this opportunity to welcome you to our website. My hope is that you will find this website an effective tool in obtaining information about services and supports for students with disabilities as well as a useful resource for parents and community members.
 
Please contact the AISD Special Education Department if you have any comments or suggestions or if you would like to obtain additional information.
 
Thank you.

 

Survey Related to Paratransit Services in Texas

Survey open June 2 – July 2, 2014

 

Links to the accessible Paratransit Services in Texas Survey:

 

In English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2G3RHQM 

 

En Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7B6W3ZG 

 

During the 83rd Legislative Session, House Bill 1545, a bill related to an interim-study on Paratransit Services in Texas, passed. Specifically, HB 1545 requires the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) to review two issues:

 

1. The feasibility of standardizing the process of certifying an individual's eligibility for services in the state.

2. Whether the current 21-day provision of services by a provider is adequate to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities to locations served by the provider.

 

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities seeks public comments from citizens with disabilities, family members, caregivers and professionals in the field of disability issues on the above two issues related to accessible transportation. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

This accessible survey is anonymous.

 

Additional Accommodations:

 

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is committed to making the Paratransit Rider survey accessible to all Texans. Staff will provide the following accommodations:

 

1. If you would like to request a copy of the Paratransit Rider survey in regular or large print, kindly send us an email with your mailing address to the following address:

 

GCPD@governor.state.tx.us 

 

If you would like the Paratransit Rider survey read to you over the phone, please call GCPD at: 512-463-5739

 

If other accommodations are needed, please email or call our staff at:

 

GCPD@governor.state.tx.us 

512-463-5739

 

 

Congratulations!

Sarah Bergen
Teacher of the Year
Speech Language Pathologist
Little Elementary School
 
Brynn Briscoe
Teacher of the Year
Resource Math
Bryant Elementary School
 
Jennifer Cobble
Nominated for Teacher of the Year
Deaf Education Teacher
Martin HS
 
Ryshel Kenner
Teacher of the Year
ABLE
Boles JHS
 
Susie Love
Teacher of the Year
Resource Math
Bebensee Elementary School
 
Robyn Rzepka
Teacher of Merit by the Masonic Lodge
Resource Math
Key Elementary School
 
Alexander Villanueva
Teacher of the Month / Spirit of the Warrior Award
by Ready Set Teach and Rotary Club from Shady Grove
ABLE
Martin HS
 
Crishetta Willis
Teacher of the Year
Resource Math
Hutcheson Junior High School
 
Joanna Windle
Teacher of the Year
Resource English/Language Arts
Foster Elementary School 
 
The following individuals are retiring from AISD. We thank them for their dedication and years of service in education. 
 
Debbie Agorichas - 37 years
Carole Burroughs - 27 years
Bill Nichols - 20 years
Charlotte Offutt - 31 years
Pete Pardee - 28 years
Brenda Reynolds - 35 years
Danni Savage - 18 years
Ann Shaughnessy - 32 years
Lynn Thomasson - 30 years
Vicky Threadgill - 32 years

 

ARC of Greater Tarrant County Newsletter

June 2014 Issue

 

Click here to open the newsletter filled with training dates, helpful websites, and other resources. If you would like to receive the ARC of Greater Tarrant County e-newsletter, a paper copy, or want your name removed from their mailing list, please contact The ARC of Greater Tarrant County at 817.877.1474 or e-mail info@arcgtc.org. You can also access information about the ARC of Greater Tarrant County by visiting their website at: www.arcgtc.org  

ARC of Northeast Tarrant County Newsletter

 May 2014 Issue
 
Click here to open the newsletter filled with training dates, helpful websites, and other resources.  If you would like to be added to their E-News distribution list, please send an Email to: arcnetc@att.net with “E-News Distribution” in the subject line. You can also access information about the ARC of Northeast Tarrant County by visiting their website at: www.arcnetc.org

 

Free Lifetime Admission to National Parks and Other Recreation Sites for People with Disabilities

The Access Pass is a free, lifetime entry pass for U.S. citizens and residents who have a permanent disability to visit more than 2,000 federal park and recreation sites. Many sites also give the pass holder a discount on related fees (camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). Learn more about the requirements and how to get your pass.

 

You can download the requirements at:

 

http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access_pass_application.pdf

 

The site will also explain how to get your pass.

 

You can also download the following PDF file: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf

 

This file lists federal recreation sites around the country where you can get a pass.

 

Visit Recreation.gov for information about parks, forests, campgrounds and other recreational areas near you.

 

Featured Websites and Links for Parents and Students

Arlington Xpress

Starts August 19, 2013

There will be connections from downtown Arlington, UTA, and the T, TRE, and DART systems. Click on the link below for details.

http://myarlingtontx.com/2013/07/19/30-days-left-until-the-launch-of-metro-arlingtonxpress/

 
My Ride
 
The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process
 
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
For links to more websites, click on the blue "Links" tab at the top or left.
 

The Autism Society, AMC Theaters: “Sensory Friendly Films”

The Autism Society has a posted a listing of theaters across America that show sensory-reduced films. AMC Theaters and the Autism Society worked together to produce “Sensory Friendly Films.” To reduce distractions, theater lights are brought up, the sound is lowered and advertisements and previews aren’t shown. Audience members can make noise and walk around and bring their own food to accommodate special diets.

 

“Sensory Friendly Films” are currently playing in the following Texas cities: Houston, Sugar Land, Arlington, Frisco, Garland, Mesquite, San Antonio and Austin.

 

www.autism-society.org/get-involved/events/sensory-friendly-films/

2013 Local Educational Agency (LEA) Determination

Determination Methodology 

Background

 

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Sec. 616, states are required to make annual determinations about the performance of the Local Education Agencies using the categories of Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention, and Needs Substantial Intervention.  As implied, these categories represent various intensities of required technical assistance and/or intervention.  States are required to make a Determination using these categories for every Local Education Agency within the state on an annual basis.

 

LEA Determination

 

Based on 2011-2012 data, the 2013 LEA Determination for the Arlington ISD is “Needs Assistance”.  The Local Education Agency is encouraged to share this material with their community by including this information on their website.  The rating of Needs Assistance, along with the specific targeted indicators provides the Special Education Department with goals for improvement and effectiveness during the coming year.  Plans for additional interventions have been put into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.  Additional information about the LEA Determination Process and District Profiles can be found on the TEA website at:

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Arlington, TX

Anyone interested in being a volunteer for any of the City of Arlington departments and programs should access the following website:

 

This includes the Library’s reading and tutoring programs, the Animal Shelter, Citizen’s Police Academy, EcoFest, to even staffing the public information desk at City Hall. More opportunities will be added in the future.
All volunteers will have to complete the on-line application process in order to participate. If there are questions about the volunteer program you can contact:
Antoinette Garner
City of Arlington – Workforce Service Dept.
817.459.6845 (phone)

Homework Help is Here!

 
 
Got Homework? Need Help?
 
The Learning Zone - Homework Center: Free tutoring and homework assistance for students in 1st - 3rd grade. Volunteer tutors are available for tutoring. For more information call 817-275-3321 or stop by the East Arlington Branch Library, ask for the Homework Center Coordinator.
 
Children’s Learning Centers: All library locations offer designated areas for children 12 and under to work on schoolwork. The Children's Learning Centers provide access to child-friendly Internet computers, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, online learning tools, books, DVDs, audiobooks and other materials that are especially helpful to students in self-directed learning activities. A child library card is required to access the Internet.
The Arlington Independent School District provides a list of private local tutors and the Arlington public libraries have a wide variety of other services and resources to help you get the homework help that you need.
For more information, please call your local library or click here.

 

Transition Planning in AISD Brochure: Information for Families

Transition is a process that happens throughout the year that focuses on a child's goals for the future. In the Arlington ISD, Transition Services must begin by the annual ARD before your child turns 14 years of age. As a resource, the district provides the following brochure to families (click on the link below):
 
 
For more information, as it relates to Transition Services in AISD, please contact your campus special education department and ask to speak with the Post Secondary Facilitator.

Tarrant Cares About You

 
one resource, countless solutions

Special Education Website Evaluations

In April of 2012, the members of the Special Education Advisory Committee conducted an informal evaluation of 13 websites to examine the qualities which would make them a valuable resource to parents, educators or other interested parties of special needs children. Based on the opinions of those committee members present, an average score for each factor was figured and individual comments were added.

 

Outstanding School Psychologist Specialist Level Award

 

Congratulations to Priscilla Carter on receiving the "Outstanding School Psychologist Specialist Level" at the Texas Association of School Psychologists this year.  The honor is well deserved and the Arlington ISD Special Education Department is proud to have her as part of our great team.

 

Priscilla has spent the last 28 years serving students as a school psychologist and proudly 20 years of those years in the Arlington ISD.  Her career in Arlington has been spectacular.  She was and is responsible for conducting psychological evaluations to determine special education eligibility for students with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Other Health Impairment for ADHD, and for counseling as a related service.  Priscilla also serves as an intern supervisor, supervises trainees, mentors staff, and consults with parents, teachers and administrators.  Priscilla is highly regarded by her peers and is deserving of this prestigious award.

Congratulations Priscilla!!!

Need Non-Emergency Help or Assistance? Call "211"

 

 

24 hour information and referral service for issues such as:
Caregiving
Child Care
Financial Assistance
Food
Health Services
Housing
In-Home Services
Transportation
 
 

Free Motor Skills Intervention Program

It is estimated that 6 - 15% of school age children have significant motor impairments. The following website provides information about a free motor skill intervention program for children with movement difficulties that interfere with their academic abilities.

 
Contact: Priscila Caçola, Ph.D. - University of Texas at Arlington

USA Paralympics – Texas Regional Sport Opportunities

Click here to access a listing of community adapted sport resources for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This list can help you locate Paralympic sport opportunities near you.

 
For additional information on Paralympic sport, visit:
 
 
Darlene Hunter
Local Outreach Coordinator, Community/Veteran Programs
Paralympic Division, U.S. Olympic Committee
719.238.5717

Disclaimer and Accessibility Policy

The information contained on this website has been included for general informational purposes only. Any posted information, files and/or external website links listed on this website regarding trainings, agencies, products and/or services shall not be taken as a recommendation or endorsement by the Arlington Independent School District and/or the Special Education Department. In addition, the Arlington Independent School District and the Special Education Department shall not be responsible for any fees attached to any events posted on this website. All links to other websites or files from this site have been pre-screened and assessed for appropriate content. However, the Arlington Independent School District and the Special Education Department do not assume and are not responsible for any liability and cannot guarantee that quality content standards will be maintained at these linked websites and files. Please e-mail the webmaster at kstratto@aisd.net if these sites or files display inappropriate content or if you have trouble accessing this page and need to request an alternate format.