• Special Education

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects the rights of students with disabilities to have a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Special education provides specially designed instruction, supports and services to students with disabilities who require an individually designed instructional program in order to meet their unique learning needs. Forney ISD offers a continuum of programs and services intended to meet the individual learning needs of the students who are eligible for special education. There are 3 criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for special education services:

    1) a specific disability, identified in accord with the IDEA guidelines,

    2) the disability must adversely affect educational performance, AND

    3) specially designed instruction is necessary.


    The IDEA identifies specific categories of disability which are used to determine eligibility for services:

    Autism Specific                 Learning Disability

    Deaf-Blind                       Speech or Language Impairment

    Deafness                         Traumatic Brain Injury

    Emotional Disturbance      Visual Impairment

    Hearing Impairment         Multiple Disabilities

    Intellectual Disability        Other Health Impairment

    Orthopedic Impairment


    Parents may request an evaluation (FIE - Full and Individual Evaluation)  for special education verbally or in writing. Please contact your student’s teacher or the school counselor to request an evaluation for your student.