MISD provides special needs services through the Special Needs Services Department of MISD. Midland ISD provides a comprehensive educational program for students with disabilities from birth through age twenty-one. A free, appropriate public education is offered through the provision of special programs and related services designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.
In special educational, as many parent advocates already know, understanding and following timelines and deadlines are critically important to making sure your child has his or her needs met. Many request for services, expected response letters, request for IEP meetings, and applications for appeals must adhere to specific number of day deadlines.
If you plan to request special need services from MISD it’s important to read and familiarize yourself with their operation guidelines.
Operating Guidelines for Special Education Services
MISD provides the opportunity for some special needs services for preschool students in a general education preschool classroom at a few local schools in Midland. Please call their office to inquire about criteria for special education preschool requirements.
MISD also provides transition services from high school and believes that parents are an important member of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and have a particularly important role in helping students during the transition process from high school into the world of adult activities. The better you understand the transition process, the better able you will be able to help your student design a high school program that will facilitate the attainment of identified postsecondary goals.
Transition services must begin by the first IEP in effect when a student turns 16 years old. Transition planning should begin before the student is 16 years old (age 14 in Texas). All students with disabilities should receive transition planning as part of their IEP meetings. The student and his or her IEP team create a vision for the future, and then each year specific goals and services are identified to work toward that vision.
Midland ISD provides a long list of resources for parents here.
Many on the list are local or Texas organizations that may be helpful when researching and looking for information and services for your child.
For more information about MISD Special Services, call them at (432) 240-1401.