What Is Special Education?

Understand what “special education” means and the basics of the IEP document.

Finding Services and Resources in Texas

Use these tips and resources within the service system of Texas.

4 Key Parts of Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The IEP can seem complicated. Focusing on these four areas can help you understand it.

Accommodations and Modifications: How They Are Different

Understand accommodations and modifications in the public school system.

Preparing for a Special Education Evaluation

After you refer your child for special education, an evaluation is the likely first step. Here’s what you need to know.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Annual Goals

The IEP sets goals for your child to achieve during the school year. Learn how those goals are defined and measured.

Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP)

Understand the PLAAFP statement and its importance in special education.

Related Services in Special Education

Understand what it means when related services are recommended for your child in special education.

Special Education Acronyms and Terms

You’ll hear lots of unique words and strings of letters used in the special education world. Here are some of the most common.

Who Is on Your Child’s ARD Committee?

Understand the key roles of those who attend the ARD committee meeting.

Why a 504 Plan May Be Right for Your Child

If your child is not eligible for special education services, he may still qualify for some services under a 504 plan.

Overview of the The Texas Health and Human Services (HHS)

This Texas state agency provides critical services for children with disabilities. This article gives an overview of those services and links to more information.

Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Child Care

Learn about the state agency that licenses child care facilities and works to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Services from the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)

See what the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) offers in addition to Medicaid Waiver Programs.

Getting Help from Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

Learn about Texas HHSC’s health coverage, financial assistance, and food stamp services.

DSHS Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

Learn about this Texas program which provides services to children with extraordinary medical needs, disabilities, and chronic health conditions.

Getting Help from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Learn about Texas DSHS programs that provide services for children in the areas of wellness, nutrition, mental health, and immunizations.

Getting Social Security Benefits for Your Child with a Disability

Learn what benefits this federal program offers for children with disabilities and their families, and how to apply for them.

Medicaid Waiver Program

Learn about and how to obtain services offered by HHS. This article was previously titled DADS Medicaid Waiver Program. HHS now oversees the Medicaid Waiver Program. Changes were made to the text on this site. While the videos still reference DADS, the content is still relevant to the Medicaid Waiver Programs process.

The ARD Committee and Your Child’s IEP

Understand what is discussed during the ARD meeting.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Employment and Childcare Help

Learn how the Texas Workforce Commission can help parents of children with disabilities find work and child care.

Texas Education Service Centers

Specialists at Education Service Centers (ESCs) across Texas can help parents understand and navigate the world of special education.