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Special Education And Child Find


Student Support Center | 714 E. Kimbrough | Mesquite, TX 75149

Resources for Parents

Child Find

The CHILD FIND system is set up to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals with suspected disabilities (birth through 21) who are in need of special education.

This website is especially for families and parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs and is designed to offer support, inspiration, resources, and links to services available. http://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en

Special Education Parent Education Classes

Location: Mesquite ISD Student Support Center, 714 Kimbrough Street, Mesquite, TX 75149

Visit Our Parent Education Center

Mesquite ISD Special Education Department is pleased to announce the opening of our Parent Education Center. You are welcome to visit our expanded Parent Library and gather flyers for community services, events, and informational handouts about disabilities.

Information about expanded parent information classe regarding special education services and disability-specific sessions will be starting in the fall. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish with sessions during the day as well as in the evening.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tracy Barry at 972-882-7715, extension 6.


A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process.pdf
Guía para el Proceso de Admisión, Revisión y Retiro.pdf

Notice of Procedural Safeguards Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.pdf

Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Protección Derechos de los Padres de Estudiantes con Discapacidades.pdf

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process

Texas Transition and Employment Guide.pdf
Guía de Transicion y Empleo de Texas.pdf


Mesquite Chapter of the National Stuttering Association

The chapter meets six times during the school year (in Room B104 of the Student Support Center) to provide support to students who stutter and their families.

Topics include attitudes, effective communication skills, bullying, and challenges and setbacks along the journey of life as a person who stutters. We will also have a panel of speakers (successful adults who stutter) and end the year with our annual cook-out/mixer.

If you or someone you know stutters, please feel free to come by, find support and acceptance, and get connected. For more information, email Karin Manchack at kmanchack@mesquiteisd.org; Karen Long at ktlong@mesquiteisd.org; Erika Crawford at earizola@mesquiteisd.org. We would love to hear from you.

Special Education Coordinators

Coordinator

Programs

Campuses

Casey Allen

972-882-7704

  • Adaptive PE
  • Child Find
  • ECI Liaison
  • Employee Preschool
  • Headstart
  • PPCD
  • Preschool Eval Team
  • Special Olympics
  • SPP 7, 11, 12
  • Vision
  • Florence
  • Lawrence
  • McKenzie
  • Motley
  • Price
  • Range
  • Rugel
  • Shands
  • Tosch

Kristi Flanery

972-882-7705

  • Docushare Updates
  • OT/PT
  • Parent Newsletter/Survey
  • Proportionate Share
  • Records
  • Secondary ARD Chairs
  • SPP 13/14
  • Staff Development
  • Transportation
  • Warehouse
  • Agnew
  • Berry
  • Kimbrough
  • McDonald
  • New
  • Terry
  • Vanston
  • Wilkinson

Jill Havard

972-882-7708

  • Augmentive/Assistive Technology
  • Autism
  • Custodians
  • ESY
  • Homebound
  • Life/Self-Contained
  • Parent Ed
  • State Assessment
  • TBSI/NVCI
  • Technology
  • Achziger
  • Black
  • Gentry
  • Moss
  • Pirrung
  • Rutherford
  • Smith
  • Thompson

Jennifer Hernandez

(Regional Day School for the Deaf)

972-882-7700

  • Works w/SSA Districts - Forney, Garland, Kaufman, Red Oak, Rockwall, Royse City, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Willis Point
  • Deaf Baby Service
  • Early Childhood Services
  • Interpreters
  • Itinerant Services
  • SSA Budget & Billing
  • Summer School
  • Lawrence
  • North Mesquite
  • Vanston

Kristi Mullenix

972-882-7706

  • 18+ Programs
  • BAC
  • Behavior Specialists
  • eSped
  • Interpreters
  • Non-Ed Funds
  • Secondary ARD Chairs
  • Social Workers
  • Summer School
  • Transition
  • Horn
  • Mesquite
  • North Mesquite
  • Poteet
  • West Mesquite
  • Academy
  • Learning Center

Shannon Price

972-882-7718

  • Due Process/Mediation
  • eSped
  • High Cost Funds
  • In-Home/Parent Training
  • Instructional Specialists
  • Medicaid
  • Music Therapy
  • Non-Public Day School
  • Private Duty Nurses
  • Residential Placements
  • RF Tracker
  • Surrogate/Foster Parent Training
  • TEA Complaints
  • Austin
  • Beasley
  • Cannaday
  • Kimball Porter
  • Shaw
  • Tisinger

Kimberly Wasson

972-882-7707

  • ARD Chairs
  • Audiologist
  • Diagnosticians
  • Document SPP, PBMAS
  • Dyslexia
  • Legal Framework
  • Psychologists
  • Referral Chairs
  • Revocation of Consent
  • Speech
  • Floyd
  • Galloway
  • Gray
  • Hanby
  • Henrie
  • Hodges
  • Mackey
  • McWhorter
  • Seabourn

Mesquite ISD has special services available to eligible infants, children, and young adults identified with a disability. The CHILD FIND system is set up to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals with suspected disabilities (birth through 21) who are in need of special education. Individuals qualify for special education services when they have one or more of the following disabilities according to state and federal guidelines:

  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Vision Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Birth to 36 months of Age
The district offers information to help families make contact with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Programs of Dallas County. You can also contact them directly at 972-503-1709.

3 to 5 years of age
If you know someone with a suspected delay or disability, please contact Myriam Cavazos at 972-882-7700. Once a referral is made, an appointment will be set up for the family to come in for a consultation or an evaluation.

Prekindergarten 4 years of age to 21 years of age
Referrals for suspected disability can be made by anyone. If you know someone with a suspected delay or disability, please contact the neighborhood school. Once a referral is made, the campus will follow its Student Problem Solving Team procedures. The Problem Solving Team may refer the student on for a special education evaluation if needed. A Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) is conducted to determine the child's disability and an education need for services.

Home School Referrals
Referrals for a suspected disability can be made by anyone. If you know someone with a suspected delay or disability who is home schooled, please contact the neighborhood school.

Private School Student Referrals
Referrals for a suspected disability can be made by anyone for students who attend private schools located within Mesquite ISD boundaries. If the student resides within the MISD boundaries contact the neighborhood school that the child would attend if he/she were to be enrolled in public school to make the referral. If the student resides outside the MISD boundaries contact the Mesquite ISD special education office at 972-882-7700 to make the referral.

If the child attends a private school located within another school district's boundaries contact that school district to make the referral.

This website is especially for families and parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs and is designed to offer support, inspiration, resources, and links to services available. https://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en

The Parent Companion

The Parent Companion - First Five Years is a website that connects Texas parents to information, inspiration, and resources for children from birth through 5 years of age with a disability.

Website users can search according to:

  • The child's age
  • Agencies
  • Services and transitions
  • Family life and support
  • Diagnosis/Disability
  • Tips and strategies

The Parent Companion includes family interviews and documents containing:

  • easy-to-use strategies for understanding and planning for changes
  • comprehensive resources

The Parent Companion is designed to share the firsthand experience, tips and advice of parents and families from across Texas. Visit www.parentcompanion.org to begin exploring the multitude of resources available.