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Special Education

3.26.2021 Updated

Special Services Transition EXPO


Thank you to those who attended the transition Expo this year.  This is an event we provide parents information each year to assist with transition goals.  If you missed this year I will be attaching Links for you to view speakers.

Please feel free to email Janice Johnston, TCISD Special Education Instructional Specialist, with any further questions or call her at 409-916-0562, extension 1562.


Medicaid Waivers, SSI Eligibility Programs link

College Planning for Special Needs link

Planning for Special Needs link

Special Needs ABLE Account link

Top 10 mistakes to avoid in transition planning link 

Transition tips for launching your special needs teen into adulthood link

Assistive Technology link

Bridging Apps website link  

TexasYouth2Adult transition link

For an in-depth walkthrough of the transition website, visit this YouTube link

At age 18, all individuals, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reach the legal age of majority. This means that a parent can no longer make decisions legally on behalf of their children. Most people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from others, such as family and friends. If guardianship is necessary, it should be tailored to the person's needs. Families considering guardianship should learn more about the process and other options available before making a final decision.  It's never too early to start learning and preparing for your child's future. 

The Arc of the Gulf Coast in partnership with Partners Resource Network and Debbie Diaz, Guardianship Investigator for Galveston County bring you a free and informative webinar on this very topic. This Zoom link can access registration.  


As a nation, we are entering a very unique time in education.  Educators are coming up with unique ways to provide instructional supports to students in both a face to face and virtual instructional delivery model.  These are definitely hard days for educators, students, and parents. 

TCISD is committed to providing our students with special needs and their families support during this difficult time.  Change is often difficult and leaves us with may questions. 

Please click here to take the "Special Needs Mask Survey" for your special ed or Section 504 student.  This will help know what your child's needs are in terms of wearing a face covering.  

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Special Education/504 Instructional Plan

Priming and video modeling are evidence-based practices for students with Autism and other learning disabilities intended to assist students in generalizing a new skill.  Below is a list of videos that you could use at home to view with your child to assist them in generalizing the new COVID school procedures of wearing a face mask, washing hands, and social distancing. Each line is a clickable link to a YouTube video. 

Click here to view the list of priming videos

Q&A- Virtual-Link to Learning students:


  •  The district is implementing instructional supports through its online learning platform (Canvas).  All students are general education students first and therefore our students with special needs have access to the general curriculum.

Specially Designed Instruction

  • Students who receive instruction in a special education setting will have access to differentiated curriculum based on their needs both via online learning and sent home materials by the teacher.
    • Inclusion-Students will have their accommodations and supports delivered via Canvas/Teams/Zoom/conferences. 
    • Resource-Students will have breakout sessions with the special education teacher via Canvas/Teams.  
    • Life Skills-Students K-5 will be working on lessons from TeachTown (Encore) students 6-12 will be working on lessons from TeachTown (Basics).
    • OT,PT, ADPE, Counseling, and Speech- will be conducted via teletherapy or scheduled as a walk in from 2:30-3:30 at an elementary campus. 


  •  In order to maintain social distancing, ARD meetings will be conducted via phone conference, “Go to Meeting”, or other means of video-conferencing.  The school will contact you to schedule a date and time for the meeting.

In spite of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all requirements to provide FAPE for student will be attempted.  Any deviation from the IEP due to the COVID 19 outbreak will be based on appropriate and reasonable models of service delivery. When school resumes, the ARD committee will determine if compensatory services are warranted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Donna Peterson. Our special education department sends their thoughts and prayers with all of our TCISD families during this difficult time.

Donna Peterson

TCISD Director of Special Education, 504, RTI


To help ease the mind of your student with disabilities; here are two social stories you can use with your child from Breezy Special Ed:

Link to Story for Older Students

Link to Story for Older Students

Students with special needs require consistent schedules and routines. The Widgit website can help you create a home visual learning schedule for your child. 

Other links for resources for students with special needs:

Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids link

Free Online Dyslexia Games link  

Tips for Managing Behaviors for at Home Learning link  

The Texas City Independent School District Special Education services are provided to enhance appropriate educational opportunities for students with disabilities. With high expectations for success, students with disabilities are prepared to become life-long learners and contributing members of the community.

TCISD provides special educational services to students with disabilities as provided in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, 2004. The District has the duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if the child is eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children or for answers regarding special education or Section 504, please contact the Director of Special Education at 409-916-0106, or by mail at 1700 Ninth Avenue North, Texas City, Texas 77590.

The Special Education department supports parent involvement at all levels. The special education facilitator at each campus can provide information regarding the ARD process, transfers, available resources, and the continuum of services found in TCISD. Parents are encouraged to call for information if questions or concerns arise.

The current Updates in Special Education SB 139 Notice to Families link is available in Spanish and English.

You can get more details on the Individuals with Disabilities Act flyer link.

You can get more details on the Dyslexia flyer link.



Table of Contents for the Online Guide

Section 1: Self-Advocacy, Person-Directed Planning, and Self-Determination
Section 2: Transition Services
Section 3: Employment and Supported Employment Services
Section 4: Social Security Programs
Section 5: Community and Long-Term Services and Supports
Section 6: Post-secondary Educational Programs and Services
Section 7: Information Sharing with Health and Human Services Agencies and Providers
Section 8: Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship
Section 9: Contact Information for All Relevant State Agencies
Section 10: Texas Transition and Employment Guide Definitions
Section 11: Transition in Texas Timeline