Special Education

The Joaquin Independent School District Special Education Department provides educational services to needed students throughout the district. Approximately 20 teachers, instructional aides, speech pathologists and related service personnel provide instruction and related services to students who have a disability. Students are eligible for special education services from the age of 3 through 21. Students who have hearing and vision disabilities may receive services from birth.

To be eligible for special education services, students must meet eligibility requirements as a student with a orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, auditory impairment, visual impairment, diagnosis of deaf/blind, intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, learning disability, speech impairment, multiple disabilities, autism, non-categorical early childhood, or traumatic brain injury.

Joaquin ISD instructional arrangements for elementary school-aged students include in-class support, co-teach, resource classes and speech and other related therapy services. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), adaptive behavior, and LIFE Skills classes are offered as recommended by the ARD Committee.  Co-teach, in-class support, resource classes, study skills, LIFE Skills, adaptive behavior and speech therapy services are available at all secondary level campuses.  Related services may include special education counseling, psychological services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility training, school health services, adaptive equipment and special transportation.

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Are you the parent of a pre-school (3-5 years) or school aged child and have concerns regarding your child's physical, speech, and/or emotional development? Is your child experiencing academic problems which could interfere significantly with educational success? If so, we encourage you to contact your child's home campus or the Special Education Department at 936-269-3128 to discuss your concerns and learn more about the referral process.

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Special Education Acronym Quick Reference Guide - English and Spanish

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process

McKinney-Vento Act at a Glance

2021 Dyslexia Handbook

2021 Dyslexia Handbook - Spanish

2021 Dyslexia Handbook Important Changes - Spanish

2021 Dyslexia Handbook Important Changes - English

JISD Transition and Employment Guide Information for Parents

TEA Transition Guide Direct Link

Procedural Safeguards - English (September 2022)

Procedural Safeguards - Spanish (September 2022)

Program Guidelines 2022-2023 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application(Federal)

Special Education Resources

Compensatory Services - English Flyer 

Compensatory Services - Spanish Flyer 

Updates in Special Education - English Flyer (SB 139 Notice to Families)

Updates in Special Education - Spanish Flyer (SB 139 Notice to Families)

Click here for link to SPEDTex


OSEP Response to Texas Document Submission Concerning Implementation of the State's Corrective Action Response

IDEA, Dyslexia, MTSS and Section 504 Required Postings below: 

Student Handbook Statement: English / Texas Education Agency

Our Mission

To build a positive and safe educational environment with collaboration of staff, students, and community.