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Autism Speaks provides numerous free toolkits for primary, secondary, and post-secondary options and guidance, such as:
School Community Tool Kit
Transition Tool Kit
Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide
Advocacy Tool Kit
Visual Supports and Autism
Guide to Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Education that plays a crucial role in supporting individuals with disabilities. OSERS is dedicated to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. In its mission, OSERS administers programs and supports policies and legislation that help children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities to lead more productive and independent lives.
Search on their website (see drop down menu under Education) or wait for the July print issue of DFW list of schools. Special marks denote specialized schools with detailed information of location, grade levels, and for private schools - tuition rates.
Videos, resources and tips to navigating your child's educational experience. Topics such as:
your child's legal rights
getting the right services
making the most of ARD meetings
how to create the best possible IEP
connecting with other parents
what kind of school is best for my child
DFW Local Schools Specializing in Neurodiversity
Bridge Builder Academy https://www.bridgebuilderacademy.com/
Chase’s Place https://chasesplace.org/
Dallas Academy https://www.dallas-academy.com/
Dallas Learning Center https://www.dallaslearningcenter.com/index.html
Einstein School https://theeinsteinschool.com/
Fairhill School https://www.fairhill.org/
Fusion Academy https://www.fusionacademy.com/campuses/dallas/
Great Lakes Academy https://www.greatlakesacademy.com/
Hill School (Ft Worth) https://www.hillschool.org/
Lake Pointe Granbury https://www.lakepointegranbury.org/academy
Oak Hill Academy https://oakhillacademy.org/
Preston Hollow Presbyterian School https://www.phps.org/
Shelton School https://www.shelton.org/
St. Anthony School https://www.thestanthonyschool.com/
St. Timothy https://www.staplano.org/
Notre Dame of Dallas Schools https://www.notredameschool.org/
Winston School https://www.winston-school.org/
Vanguard School https://vanguardprepschool.com/
ABCs of Special Education from Navigate Life Texas:
Here are some of the terms or acronyms you will see often throughout your child’s education:
- Special Education: Special education is not a place but an umbrella of services with dozens of ways to give children the best education possible. Special education services might include specialized instruction, modified curriculum, learning accommodations, or therapies, just to name a few.
- Section 504: This federal law enables your child to get accommodations and modifications that help them learn when they’re at school. They do not have to qualify for special education services in order to get 504 services. These accommodations and modifications might include assistive technology, sitting in the front of the class, reading materials printed in Braille or with large print fonts, and many more.
- ARD: The ARD, or Admission, Review, and Dismissal process, is a meeting at your child’s school between you (and any family members, friends, or people you want to bring who know your child well), your child’s teacher, therapists, and other school or district staff who support your child. This team makes a program for your child’s education, called an IEP, in these meetings.
- IEP: Your child’s IEP, or Individualized Education Program, is an education program made by your child’s ARD team, which you are a part of. You might hear parents call this the Individualized Education Plan, but it is really a full program of services to help your child. The IEP maps out needs, goals, and objectives to help your child learn and eventually transition out of school.
- IDEA: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is a federal law ensuring that all students with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Learn more about IDEA on our Your Child’s Right to a Public Education page.
- FAPE: This stands for “Free Appropriate Public Education.” It means that students can get the resources they need free of charge – things like accommodations, modifications, and services to support their education. Learn more about FAPE on our Your Child’s Right to a Public Education page.
- LRE: Students with disabilities have the right to learn in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) possible. This means that, if they are able to stay in the general education classroom, they should. Learn more about LRE on our Your Child’s Right to a Public Education page.