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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 Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Orthopedic Impairment


Other Health Impairment

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Specific Learning Disability (including Dyslexia)

Emotional Disturbance

Speech Impairment

Intellectual Disability

Traumatic Brain Injury

Multiple Disabilities

Visual Impairment

Noncategorical Early Childhood (NCEC)

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.

*All required guides & notices are accessible on the Resources tab of this website.

Parents:  If you would like to request your child's Special Education records, please complete the Request form.

Padres:  Si desea una copia de los registros de educación especial de su hijo(a), complete este Formulario.