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Special Education


Joshua ISD Special Education will provide support services to students with disabilities in a way that promotes safety and academic excellence.

Joshua Independent School District provides special education services for approximately 800 students. All students served meet eligibility criteria as students with disabilities who require specially designed instruction in order to receive educational benefit from their instruction.

Students with disabilities in Joshua range from ages 3 through 21 years and may be mildly disabled to significantly cognitively impaired. Services are provided to students who are visually impaired from birth through 21 years. The services the students require range from minimal weekly services to self-contained classroom settings. Joshua ISD offers a full continuum of special education services designed to meet the unique range of student needs.

The Joshua Independent School District ensures that, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. The Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee is responsible for determining the least restrictive environment in which a student’s Individual Education Plan is to be implemented. Instructional arrangements/settings shall be based on the individual needs of the student and his/her IEP.

Disabilities:  The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) list and defines thirteen disabilities.  They are:  autism, deaf-blindness, auditory impairment, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, learning disability, speech impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, and non-categorical early childhood.

Related Services:  Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Orientation & Mobility Services, Psychological Services, and Transportation                            

Instructional Supports:  Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, Extended School Year, Services for the Visually Impaired, Services for Homebound Students, Speech Services