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Debi Rogers

Executive Director of Special Services

972-563-7580 ext. 3453

debi.rogers@terrellisd.org

 

Jammie Hayes

Director of Special Services

972-563-7580 ext. 3454

jammie.hayes@terrellisd.org

 

Julie Adams

Diagnostician – THS

972-563-7580 ext. 3469

julie.adams@terrellisd.org

 

Mindy Burris

Diagnostician – JWL

972-563-7580 ext. 3463

melinda.burris@terrellisd.org

 

Diana Dophied

Diagnostician – WHB

972-563-7580 ext. 3467

diana.dophied@terrellisd.org

 

Juney Hall

Diagnostician – WES

972-563-7580 ext. 3465

juney.hall@terrellisd.org

 

Beth Ross

Diagnostician – GWE

972-563-7580 ext. 3464

angela.ross@terrellisd.org

 

Dawn Striplin

Diagnostician - FMS

972-563-7580 ext. 3468

dawn.striplin@terrellisd.org

 

Jennifer Broughton

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

972-563-7580 ext. 3457

jennifer.broughton@terrellisd.org

 

Susanna Knight

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

972-563-7580 ext. 3461

susanna.knight@terrellisd.org

 

LaFondra Leonard

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

972-563-7580 ext. 3456

lafondra.leonard@terrellisd.org

 

Charla Frazier

Behavior Specialist

972-563-7580 ext. 3458

charla.frazier@terrellisd.org

 

Amy Houghtaling

Behavior Specialist/BCBA

972-563-7580 ext. 3460

amy.houghtaling@terrellisd.org

 

Emily Kefayati

Behavior Specialist

972-563-7580 ext. 3459

emily.kefayati@terrellisd.org

 

Kylie Palos

Homebound Teacher

972-563-7580 ext. 3470

kylie.palos@terrellisd.org

 

Rocio Zeisel

Bi-Lingual Interpreter

972-563-7580 ext. 3466

rocio.zeisel@terrellisd.org

 

Debbie Peden

Secretary to the Executive Director

972-563-7580 ext. 3452

deborah.peden@terrellisd.org

 

Lesa Sanchez

PEIMS Secretary

972-563-7580 ext. 3470

lesa.sanchez@terrellisd.org

Special Services 

The Special Services Department supports the administration with the coordination and implementation of several school district programs.  Numerous programs are available for students with disabilities from birth through age 21 in the Special Services Department of Terrell ISD. 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

Special Education is specialty designed instruction delivered through an environment that is appropriate for the child’s needs. To receive special education services, a child must meet criteria defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the IDEIA of 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004).

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ARD COMMITTEES

 

ARD is an acronym for the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee.  This committee, which includes the parent, an administrator, teacher, and other staff familiar with the student’s needs, makes all decisions concerning the educational program of a student referred to or receiving special education support.  We encourage parents to participate in ARD meetings, ask questions, and work closely with their child’s teacher and school.

 

 

CHILD FIND

In accordance with Federal Regulations, Individuals with Disabilities Act, Child Find identification (34CFR section 300.125, 300.451), this is notification that Terrell Independent School District, located at 700 N. Catherine Street, Terrell, Texas has a child find system for identifying, locating, and evaluating all children with disabilities, from birth to 21 years of age, residing in the district,  including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services.

EVALUATION 

Full and Individual Evaluations are available by appropriate referral for students residing within the Terrell ISD.  Evaluation personnel serve each school by administering evaluations, making recommendations for IEP development, and assisting school staff. 

 

The following is a list of disabilities that may determine a student’s eligibility for Special Education Services:

 

  • Auditory Impairment

  • Autism

  • Deaf-Blind

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Learning Disability

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Speech Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

  • Non-Categorical Early Childhood

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Terrell ISD will provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education to children with disabilities.  Based on the ARD Committee’s decision, the following programs are available within or through Terrell ISD: 

  • Inclusion

  • Resource Room

  • Behavior Adjustment Class (BAC)

  • Life Skills Instruction

  • Community Based Instruction

  • Pre-School Program for Children with Disabilities

  • Hospital/Homebound

  • Speech Therapy

  • Deaf Education

  • Related Services 

 

Click here for more information about these programs.

TRANSITION

Texas Transition and Employment Guide 2018

 

This transition and employment guide is for the student in Texas public schools who may have received special education services due to a disability.  It also provides helpful information for parents.  This guide has steps you can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school.  It also informs you where to receive the services you will need after high school.

 

English and Spanish Version: www.tea.texas.gov

 

For more information about transition planning contact, Terrell ISD District Transition Designee, Julie Adams at 972-563-7525.

504 SERVICES

What is Section 504?

 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was designed to eliminate discrimination against any student with a disability in any program offered by the school district.  Section 504 states that:

 

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any other program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

 

What is the definition of a disabled student under Section 504?

 

A disabled student is one who:

 

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning

  • Has a record of such impairment

  • Is regarded as having such impairment

 

Who should be contacted if there is a question about a student qualifying for services under Section 504?

Every campus has a designated Campus 504 Coordinator.  Contact your home campus if you have any questions or contact the District 504 Director.

 

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Terrell ISD has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students.  For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification and placement into section 504 programs, please contact the District’s Section 504 Director Debi Rogers at 972-563-7580 or  your child’s campus 504 Coordinator.

DYSLEXIA SERVICES

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.  Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

 

The intent of the Terrell ISD Dyslexia Services is to match specialized instruction to the individual needs of student with dyslexia and related disorders in order to provide opportunities for these student to develop their full potential as independent readers and prepare them to lead successful and productive lives.

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