We believe that ALL students can learn concepts related to grade level curriculum or TEKS.
Our mission is to provide students in Special Services with specially designed instruction based on individual evaluation data that identifies how the student's disability limits their access to grade level currciulum or TEKS.
Special Services provides district-wide services for students with disabilities ages 3-21, including those with:
- emotional disturbances
- mental retardation
- visual, auditory, orthopedic and other health impairments
- multiple disabilities
- learning disabilities and speech impairments
Students with visual and/or hearing impairments are served by the district from ages 0-3 years. Students with disabilities, ages 0-2 years, are served by Tarrant County Early Childhood Intervention Services [ECI -( 817) 446-8000].
Referrals for special services are made by school personnel, parents, doctors, community agencies and other appropriate individuals. The initial referral is reviewed by members of an Academic Support Committee (ASC) on each campus. The ASC, with supporting documentation and parental permission, may request a formal evaluation. The results are used by the ARD committee to determine the presence of a handicapping condition and if special services are needed.
Related Services are provided to students determined by the ARD committee based on educational need including but not limited to:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Adaptive Physical Education (APE)
- Transition Services
- Counseling, including rehabilitation counseling
- Orientation and mobility training
- Special transportation
- Music therapy
- Vision services
- Audiological services
Child Find phone number: 817-251-5488
Parent Resource Guide
One of the greatest challenges currently facing Texas in regard to the delivery of services for students with disabilities is access to resources on special education. The purpose of providing the Parent Resource Guide is to promote information and guidance to parents, district staff, and other interested stakeholders regarding special education. The following links list state- and or national-level resources that have been identified by the State and were previously published in A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process, a companion document to the Notice of Procedural Safeguards. This is not an exhaustive list of resources available, but it will be updated periodically.
The Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities explains the specific rights and responsibilities of the parent in the special education process and is available in several languages:
Early Childhood Developmental Reviews for children ages 3-5 are scheduled approximately once a month at the district's Special Services Center located inside the Professional Development and Education Center at 5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX. The role of GCISD special services is to begin working with parents 90-120 days prior to the child's third birthday to determine if there is a special education eligibility. If the child is found eligible, the district works with parents to prepare a plan for serving the child coinciding with the child's third birthday.
The early childhood developmental review process includes the following areas:
- brief background history
- vision and hearing
- speech and language
- developmental areas of motor, concepts, and language
For more information about the developmental review process, contact Shelly Talbert at (817) 251-5488.
If you have any questions about equitable services for students who attend eligible private schools, please contact Kimberly Tuggle, Coordinator of Special Services, at (817) 251-5736.
If you have any questions about special services curriculum and instruction, please contact Robyn Carnley, Coordinator of Special Services, at (817) 251-5532. Laura Hill - Executive Director of Special Services/Psychological Services