Special Education Services

  • Sherman ISD provides special education services to children with disabilities to meet the unique needs of every student. Educational programs are provided in a variety of settings, including general education, in-class support, content mastery, special education classrooms,or  the student's home. Students must be identified as eligible for special education through a referral and evaluation process. If you suspect that your child may have a disability, please contact Andrea Kennedy, Child Find Coordinator at 903-891-6439.

    The district also provides related services, when that service is necessary for a student to access the general education curriculum. These services include, but not limited to: transportation, occupational and physical therapy, individual or group counseling, assistive technology and personal care services.

     To qualify for special education, students must have been evaluated in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004, require a need for specially designed instruction, and meet disability condition criteria in at least one of the following areas:

    Speech Impairment
    Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    Visual Impairment (including blindness)
    Orthopedic Impairment
    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Emotional Disturbance
    Intellectual Disability
    Other Health Impairment
    Specific Learning Disability
    Multiple Disabilities
    Noncategorical Early Childhood

    Special education is offered at no cost to parents to meet the needs of an eligible child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, and instruction in physical education. Instruction offered through special education, is instruction that has been changed in content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of a child. Specialized instruction results from the child's disability and ensures access to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.