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Name Title Phone Number Extention
Carmen Figueroa Coordinator for Evaluation 281-420-4520 73396
Dawn Massingill Coordinator for Compliance and Accountability 281-420-4520 73852
Janna Crow Director of Special Education 281-420-4520
Jennifer Groce Campus Special Education Services Coordinator for District-wide Programs 281-420-4520 73622
Natalie Edwards Hudson Campus Special Education Services Coordinator for Resource/Mainstream Programs 281-420-4520 73457
Vacant Coordinator for Tri-County East Regional Day School Program for the Deaf 281-420-4520
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Assistive Techology
  • GCCISD DEFINES ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY BY 3 LEVELS:

    ¢ Level One

    ?  Low Tech- the IEP team determines if low tech AT is needed for the student. 

    ¢   Basic in nature

    ¢   Require very little training in terms of use

    ¢   Inexpensive

    ¢   Readily available or easily accessible within the classroom

    EXAMPLES OF LEVEL ONE AT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    ¢   Pencil grips

    ¢   Highlighted text

    ¢   Math manipulatives

    ¢   Place markers

    ¢   Overlays

    ¢   Post – it notes

    ¢   Visual schedules

    ¢   Enlarged print text

    DOES THIS MEAN THAT MANY OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS QUALIFY AS AT??

    ¢YES!!

    ¢   BUT HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO CHECK AT?

    ?  1. Does the student require this to access FAPE and make progress on IEP objectives?

    ?  2. Is the accommodation a tangible item?

    ¢ Level Two

    ?  Mid-Tech – the campus specialists such as SLP, OT, PT, Vision Specialist, Audiologist, LSSP, etc. in collaboration with the classroom teacher and school staff determine the need for mid-tech AT

    ?  Require more maintenance, more training, and may have some technical or electronic component

    ?  Require a trial period of use and recommendations are made based upon the trials. 

    EXAMPLES OF LEVEL TWO AT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    ¢ Text reader

     


    Talking word processor

     

    ¢ Word prediction software ¢ Alternate keyboard

    ¢ FM System

    ¢ Simple voice output device

    ¢ Level Three

    ?  Recommendations must be supported by campus data collected based upon trials, interventions and previous strategies documented and considered. 

    ?  Must include a ULS core member in the level 3 evaluation process

    ?  Level 3 items are often expensive, not readily accessible, highly technical, and require specialized training and knowledge of the device.

    EXAMPLES OF LEVEL THREE AT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    ¢ High end augmentative communication devices

    ?  Voice output device with dynamic display

    ?  Voice output device with speech synthesis

    ¢ Voice Recognition software

Awards & Commendations

Special Education Department Recognized for State Performance Plan Achievements 

The Special Education program is one of the most complex and accountable areas of our educational system. Besides instruction and achievement components, special education must be compliant with various federal and state accountability systems. The State Performance Plan is one of the major special education accountability systems.

 

The SPP contains 20 indicators associated with these five monitoring priorities. Of the 20 indicators, SPP indicators 11 (Child Find) , 12 (Early Childhood Transition), and 13 ( Secondary Transition) are critical for District compliance. Compliance levels below 100% trigger required corrective actions and may preclude a district from accessing some federal funding.

 

Because of the collaborative team efforts of the GCCISD Special Education Team, SPP Indicators 11, 12, 13 have been officially posted at 100% in 2012, 2013 and most recently in August 2014. 100% compliance levels means that GCCISD identifies, evaluates and provides services to children in a timely, efficient manner.

 

On September 22, 2014 the entire Special Education Team was recognized at the Board of Trustees for these achievements.

Parent Resources

Disorder Information

Childcare And Rehabilitation

Childcare

Care.com

iis a wonderful site to help find care takers for your children.

The people that you can hire have had experience with children of

their own or ones close to them. This website not only helps with

special needs children, it also helps with tutoring, senior care, pet care and other stuff to help relieve people’s stress.

For more information, visit http://www.care.com

 

Adventure

Kids Playcare

T his organization is a perfect place to drop off your

children to have fun and play in a secure environment.

The ages range from 6 weeks to 12 years old.

For more information, visit

http://web.adventurekidsplaycare.com/

 

Rehabilitation

Avondale House

The Avondale House is habilitation center for people of all ages with

autism where it provides education services, day habilitation services

and residential services.

For more information, visit http://www.avondalehouse.org/services/day-habilitati

 

Bay Area Rehabilitation Center

Bay Area Rehab is a wonderful center that is located in the Houston

area. It has been making a difference with people with disabilities of

all ages. It provides therapy of all kinds, Rehabilitation by going out

and do activities, and helping people be more involved in the

community. For more information, visit

http://www.bayarearehab.org/

 

Katy Autism Support

Katy Autism Support is a non-profit organization that wants to help

inform families and educate them about autism. Their mission is to

help the community become more autism friendly and offer resources

to care for the community. For more information, visit

http://www.katyautismsupport.org/

Events & Activities

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year round training and competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.specialolympics.org/default.aspx

Baytown Special Rodeo

The Baytown Special Rodeo is a chance to provide a fun filled Western day for mentally and/or physically challenged children and their parents. For more information, visit http://www.specialrodeo.org 

Camp for All

Camp For All is a unique camping and retreat facility that works in collaboration with other non-profits to provide life changing programs for children and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs.

For more Information, visit

http://www.campforall.org

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