The Midway ISD Special Education Department is a community of educators who strive to provide professional service at every level. Our goal is to ensure students are successful by creating individualized programming using a progressive methodology within the least restrictive environment. Department staff will maintain a respectful, approachable, attitude in order to ensure a trusted relationship with parents, students, other MISD staff, and community agencies.
Our goal is to help each student find and understand his/her best method of learning such that transition to life after high school is productive and fulfilling. Collaboratively with parents, we seek solutions and methods that best meet the needs of each individual student. Our programs and services are vast - ranging from mainstreamed with minimal support to self-contained with maximum support. We want to understand and address the individual needs of each student while supporting the family in making educational decisions.
Parents may request a referral at any time, regardless of whether the student is receiving interventions through an RTI system. Multiple sources of data are considered before determining whether an evaluation is the best avenue for each student. This data can include classroom work samples, campus or district assessments, information from outside providers, information from teachers, information from parents, and information from the student. In order for a student to qualify as a special education student, he/she must have a disability and must demonstrate a need for specialized, individualized services and/or supports.The following are the disability categories established by the Texas Education Agency for students ages 3-21:
- Other Health Impairment (OHI)
- Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
- Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Emotional Disturbance (ED)
- Learning Disability (LD)
- Speech Impairment (SI)
- Multiple Disabilities (MD)
- Visual Impairment (VI)
- Auditory Impairment (AI)
- Autism (AU)
- Deaf-Blind Impairment (DB)
- Non-Categorical Early Childhood Impairment (NCEC)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
An evaluation must be conducted within the applicable timeline unless the district believes there is no reason to suspect that a child has a disability and is in need of special education services. If the district does not suspect the child is a child with a disability and denies the request for an initial evaluation, the campus must:
- Provide written notice to parents explaining why the district declines to conduct an initial evaluation and the information that was used as the basis for that decision.
- Provide the parent with a copy of their procedural safeguards.
The Texas Medicaid (SHARS) Program allows Texas public schools to bill Medicaid for certain health-related services for qualifying special education students. If your child qualifies for Medicaid, Midway ISD may ask your permission for billing. More detailed information is found here.
For more information about specific disability categories, related internet resources and support organizations go to SpEdTex.org
Midway ISD Special Education Operating Guidelines can be found here.