Special Education to Host Meeting for Parents on May 5

This will be the first in a series of meetings designed to solicit parent feedback

April 26, 2011
The Houston Independent School District’s Office of Special Education is inviting parents of students receiving special education services to the first in a series of meetings on Thursday, May 5, from 4:30–6:00 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th, 77092).

The Office of Special Education is making a number of improvements, including an upgraded data management system, a better identification and review process, new specialized student workstations for students with severe disabilities and multiple impairments, as well as new reading software for dyslexic students and students who need assistance in improving language skills and vocabulary.

In addition, the Office of Special Education recently received the results of a study requested by HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry B. Grier. The study done by Dr. Thomas Hehir of Harvard was complimentary of HISD’s efforts in some areas, but also pointed out issues that the department is now tackling. The Office of Special Education wants to update parents on these changes and get feedback.

Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Sowmya Kumar said, “This is also an opportunity for parents to voice their concerns and share ideas and recommendations for improvement. Our parents are our partners in identifying children who require specialized instruction, in developing an individualized education program and in monitoring its progress. A close bond with our parents is crucial to the success of our program so that we can serve our children better.”

To read the full study of HISD’s Special Education program, click here.