Office of Special Programs

402 Laurel Drive 77546
281-482-0687
Karen Deshotel, Executive Director of Special Education
Dawn Claunch, Secretary

The Office of Special Programs provides instructional and related services that includes Academic Supports, Behavioral Supports, Related Services, and Speech Therapy.

Special education services are governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and regulations outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We are committed to providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education to ensure all students with disabilities make educational progress in their least restrictive environment.

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Students who are eligible for special education:
The student has been determined to have one of the following conditions: learning disability, speech impairment, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism, visual impairment, auditory impairment, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, or other health impairment.
If you suspect that your child has a disability, please contact the school counselor or call
Karen Deshotel,
Executive Director of Special Education
281-482-0687
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Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD):
Contact Westwood Elementary at 281-482-3341
A program for children as young as 3 years of age presenting a disability and in need of early intervention. Parents refer their child for testing by calling the Special Education Department at 281-482-0687.

Special Education Classes: Resource, Life Skills, Structured Learning, PASS:
Classes designed for students needing more assistance than can be provided in a general education classroom, due to academic, cognitive, or behavioral concerns.

Co-teach/Inclusion:
Special education teachers or para-educators go into the general education classroom to assist students and/or teachers with students having special needs.

Speech Therapy:
Provided for students with articulation, voice, language, and/or fluency disorders. Assessment and therapy provided by a licensed speech/language pathologist.

Homebound:
Instruction provided at home by a certified teacher for students unable to attend school for health or physical reasons.

Occupational/Physical Therapy:
A related service provided for special education students determined to have deficits in fine and gross motor skills that impede educational progress. Services provided by licensed occupational and physical therapists.

Special Education Counseling:
Counseling as a related service is primarily for students with serious behavioral and/or emotional concerns who are unable to function successfully at school. This service is provided by Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP).

Special Education PTO: fisdsepto@gmail.com
A parent sponsored group dedicated to supporting and enhancing educational and social opportunities for students involved in special education through collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators and students of FISD.

Special Olympics:
Coached by one of the Special Education teachers and sponsored by FISD, Special Olympics is available to all students meeting the organization’s criteria. FISD students have participated at the local and state levels in bowling, track & field, and swimming.

Special Transportation: 281-482-6025
FISD school buses are equipped to transport students in wheelchairs and other students requiring special transportation. Transportation arrangements are handled on each campus, and determined by an ARD Committee.