Special Education

Chams Chamri - SPED Director

What is Child Find?
In accordance with Federal Regulations, Individuals with Disabilities Act, Child Find identification (34CFR section 300.125, 300.451), this is notification that Manara Academy Charter School District, located at , Irving, Texas has a child find system for identifying, locating, and evaluating all children with disabilities, from birth to 21 years of age, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services.

Referral Process
A referral to Child Find may be made by any person concerned about a child’s development including:
  • Parents
  • Preschool Teachers/Directors
  • Daycare Providers
  • Physicians
  • Outside agencies, therapists, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) ECI provides services to children with disabilities from birth to the age of 3. Students receiving services through ECI will be transitioned into the public school system prior to their third birthday.
To make a Child Find referral, please call our office at 972-304-1155. Parent involvement and consent is obtained prior to any assessment. Information is confidential and the privacy of the child and parent is protected.

What does “child with a disability” mean?
The term "child with a disability" means a child who (1) has one of the following disability conditions and (2) needs special education services to benefit from education:
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Autism
  • Learning Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Vision Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment

Possible Services and Placement Options
Based on the results of the evaluation, placement decisions will be determined. Placement options could include instruction and therapy services in a special education classroom, instruction in a general education classroom with special education support, or speech therapy services.
Acronym Description
AL Active Learning
ARD Admission, Review & Dismissal
APE Adapted Physical Education
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
AT Assistive Technology
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
CM Content Mastery
ECI Early Childhood Intervention
ECS Early Childhood School
ED Emotional Disturbance
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free & Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
FIE Full Individual Evaluation
GT Gifted and Talented
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Program
IHPT In-Home/Parent Training
IFP Individual Focus Plan
LD Learning Disability
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LIFE Life Skills Class
LSSP Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
MT Music Therapy
OHI Other Health Impairment
OT Occupational Therapy
PASS Positive Approach to Student Success
PLAAFP Present Levels of Academic Achievement & Functional Performance
ESCE Early Childhood Special Education (Previously PPCD)
PT Physical Therapy
RTI Response to Intervention
SEL Social Emotional Learning
SI Speech Impairment
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
TEA Texas Education Agency
TEKS Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Manara Acadmey Dyslexia Services is to match specialized instruction to the individual needs of student with dyslexia and related disorders in order to provide opportunities for these student to develop their full potential as independent readers and prepare them to lead successful and productive lives. To receive more information, contact the Dyslexia Coordinator Melody Brantely at 972-304-1155.