North East ISD

Special Education


Adapted Physical Education (APE)
This program is designed for eligible students with disabilities who cannot successfully participate in a regular physical education program. Students also participate in Special Olympics training, if appropriate. Physical education that is individualized and specially designed to address the needs of students with disabilities who require adaptations or modifications to be physically active, participate safely, and make progress toward Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education. The need for APE is based on student assessment.

Alternative Learning Environment (ALE)
This program is designed for students with cognitive deficits who would benefit from functional academics in a structured, consistent, small group setting combined with self-help, social skills, communication and motor development. The certified special education teacher teaches an alternate curriculum providing access to enrolled grade level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills instruction that is vertically aligned and combined with life skills to meet students’ individual needs.

Homebound/Hospital Programs
These programs are available to students who are expected to be confined at home or in a hospital, within NEISD boundaries, for a minimum of four consecutive weeks as documented by a physician.

Equal collaboration between the general education and special education teachers to provide intensive support, including modification of the TEKS, as well as design, implement and monitor instruction of students with IEPs receiving content instruction and ensuring access to the grade level curriculum in a general education setting.

In-Class Support
Support provided in a general education setting by a special education teacher or trained paraprofessional actively supporting students by providing accommodations as identified in the IEP. This support is designed to assist students in mastering grade level TEKS curriculum. This support is not designed to address modification.

Infant Program
This program is for students 0 to 3 who have been identified as visually impaired, auditorily impaired, or deafblind.

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
This program is for eligible students, ages 3 through 5, who have been determined by the ARD/IEP committee to require early academic intervention.

Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
This program is for students ages 0 to 22 with a hearing impairment. Services are provided to eligible students in a variety of instructional settings. Assistance may be provided in the areas of reading comprehension, oral and written language structure, vocabulary building, as well as speech reading, auditory learning, and correct usage of note takers and/or sign language interpreters. Information about audiograms and on the use and care of amplification and other assistive devices is also provided.

Resource Classes
Resource classes are designed for special education students who require specially designed instruction related to core content or development of organizational, study, and/or social skills

Visual Impairment
Services are provided to children from birth through age twenty-two, who have been identified as visually impaired. The unique needs of the child with visual impairment are addressed for children of all developmental levels.

This is an itinerant program providing instruction in disability-specific areas, including, but not limited to, the use of braille and large print, optical devices, screen-reading software, organizational skills and aspects of the expanded core curriculum. Instructional materials that complement course-content and classroom activities are provided, along with consultative services that address accommodations and modifications to classroom activities.

Vocational Adjustment Class (VAC)
This program is designed to provide either part time (15 + hrs. per week) or full time (30 + hrs. per week) work experience through on the job training (without pay) or paid employment.


Assistive Technology
A device or service which the ARD committee has deemed necessary for a student to make reasonable progress toward the student’s individual education plan.

Occupational Therapy
Provides educationally related support services to students, families and instructional staff to assist students in benefiting from special education, by facilitating the student’s potential for functional independence and participation in educational activities.

Orientation and Mobility
O&M services are provided for students with visual impairments who demonstrate a need for instruction in orientation and mobility skills for safe and independent travel, concept development, spatial awareness, use of the long cane, optical devices, street crossing and/or the use of public transportation. These services may be provided in the school or in the community.

Physical Therapy
Provides educationally related support services to students, families and instructional staff to assist students in benefiting from special education, by facilitating the student’s potential for functional independence and participation in educational activities.

Speech/Language Therapy
Provided for the evaluation and intervention of communication disorders which include disorders of articulation, language, fluency and/or voice. Provided to eligible students whose communication skills adversely affect their developmental and/or academic skills.

Transition Planning
Planning process implemented at age 16 to assist students and their parents develop an Individual Transition Plan ITP which addresses their expectations for Life After High School. The ITP can guide the student and school toward academic courses that tie into the post-secondary educational goals and/or assist them in identifying community resources needed.

Visual Impairment
Brailling skills, mobility, use and care of assistive devices for the visually impaired and correct usage of note takers are covered. Braille and large type materials are provided as appropriate.

Other Related Services
Provided as needed to assist the student with a disability to benefit educationally as specified in the ARD/IEP.