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Special Education

Special Education 
 
What is Special Education?
 
The term “special education” means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. At no cost to parents, Special Education provides additional services, support, programs, specialized placements or environments to ensure that all students’ educational needs are met.
Support and services are provided in the least restrictive environment and the special education curriculum addresses the Texas Essential Knowledge and skills (TEKS) mandated by the state for all students in Texas. An Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARDC) or (ARD) individualizes the specific curriculum objectives, instructional accommodations, mastery level and location of services for each student based on the impact of the student's disability on his/her ability to progress in the state curriculum.  The University of Texas-University Charter School Special Education Department believes all students can achieve; therefore, we are committed to identifying and meeting the diverse needs of each student through individualized educational programming. It is our mission to work cooperatively with families, students, community, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student's success and well-being as he/she prepares for future endeavors.
 
UT-UCS Special Education Department 
 
The University of Texas – University Charter School provides specially designed instructional supports and services for students with disabilities eligible for Special Education services. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are developed for each eligible student. A full range of supports are available on every campus. Support and services are provided in the least restrictive environment and to help students with disabilities access the Texas Essential Knowledge and skills (TEKS) mandated by the state for all students in Texas. An Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARDC) or (ARD) individualizes the specific curriculum objectives, instructional accommodations, mastery level and location of services for each student based on the impact of the student’s disability on his/her ability to progress in the state curriculum.
 
Questions regarding programs and services can be directed to Dr. Nicole Whetstone at nwhetstone@austin.utexas.edu