• Child Find:  The district coordinates efforts between Special Education Department and the Section 504 Department to make reasonable efforts to identify, locate and evaluate student with disabilities who reside within Denver City ISD boundaries.  As part of the Child Find effort, the District shall annually publish the Child Find Notice on the school website, local newspaper, and other locations likely to be seen by Parents of eligible students (such as public library, doctor’s office, or local daycares).    Additionally, every teacher within the District should have information regarding the District’s overall early intervention process and understand how to initiate a Special Education referral through the Student Intervention Team.

    Denver City ISD makes available to all students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education, which includes special education and related services to meet the unique needs of each student.  The Federal Regulations and State Board of Education rules assure that this education to students with disabilities will be provided in the least restrictive environment, and Denver City ISD abides by the Federal and State guidelines. 

    All four campuses at Denver City ISD provide appropriate services to students with disabilities ages 3-21, who meet state and federal guidelines.  These services include: identification of learning disabilities, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, as well as educational services for the hearing impaired and visual orientation and mobility services.  The support staff includes two educational diagnosticians, two speech pathologists, LSSP, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Vision Teacher, and an itinerant teacher of the hearing impaired.  The program is funded by Federal funds (IDEA-B) and local funds. 

    If you know of a child ages 3-21 who may possibly have a disability, please contact Cathy Guetersloh at 592-6037.

     

    Special Education Resources

    Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process

    http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx

    This site provides access to important legal information for parents and families of students with disabilities.  It is a template that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic.  Important documents included on this website include:

    • Notice of Procedural Rights and Safeguards
    • Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Proteccíon
    • A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process
    • Guia para el Proceso de Admisíon, Revisíon, y Retiro
    • Side-by-side view of Special Education Rules and Regulations

     

    Transition and Employment Guide 

    www.transitionintexas.org/guide

    The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.

    This guide will continually be updated.

     

    Transition Resources

    http://www.transitionintexas.org

    This site provides detailed information and resources regarding the transition and graduation process for students with disabilities.

     

    Texas Project FIRST

    http://www.texasprojectfirst.org

    A project of the Texas Education Agency committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.

     

    For questions that you would like assistance or more information about Special Education services and additional resourcers, please call SPED TEX at 1-855-SPED-TEX (1-855-773-3839) or go to the website by using the following link: http://www.spedtex.org  (hold control while clicking on link)

     

     DISTRICT CONTACT: Cathy Guetersloh (806) 592-6037 or cathy.guetersloh@dcisd.org