North East ISD

Special Education


Alternative Learning Environment (ALE)
This program is designed for those students who would benefit from functional academics in a structured, consistent, small group setting with emphasis on selfhelp, communication and motor development. A modified curriculum incorporating the Domestic, Community, Recreation/Leisure and Vocational Domains is used to meet the unique needs of the individual students.

Content Mastery Class
Special education students attend CMC for modifications of the regular curriculum, methods, and/or materials as defined by the ARD/IEP. CMC is proactive in nature through the coordinated effort and expertise of the regular and special educators.

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.

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

Lab Classes
These classes are available at the secondary level only. Lab classes are designed for special education students who are functioning below grade level and/or have behavioral/emotional factors affecting the learning process.

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
These classes are designed to provide instructional assistance to students in mainstream classes. Emphasis may also be placed on 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 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 modifications to classroom activities.

Vocational Adjustment Class (VAC)
This program is designed to provide either parttime (15 + hrs. per week) or fulltime (30 + hrs. per week) work experience through onthejob training (without pay) or paid employment.


Adapted Physical Education
This program is designed for eligible students with disabilities who cannot successfully participate in a regular physical education program. Individualized testing is provided students and instruction centers around developmental games, remedial exercises as prescribed by a physician or physical therapist. Students also receive instruction in recreational skills for leisure sports and Special Olympics training, if appropriate.

Assistive/Adaptive Technology
Provided to eligible students who have a need and the ARD committee and Assistive/Adaptive Technology Team determine the student would benefit from an Assistive/Adaptive device.

Occupational 'Therapy'
Provided for developmental, corrective, and other supportive services required to assist the student with a disability to benefit educationally as specified in the ARD/IEP.

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 the use of public transportation.

Physical Therapy
Provided for developmental, corrective, and other supportive services required to assist the student with a disability to benefit educationally as specified in the ARD/IEP.

Speech/Language Therapy
Provided for the evaluation and intervention of communication disorders of articulation, language, fluency and voice. Provided for 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.