Special Education

DeSoto ISD provides special education services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21, who have a need for specially designed instruction. Children who have auditory or visual impairments may receive services at birth. Services for students with other disabilities are initiated on their third birthday. A student must meet eligibility criteria in one of the following areas: auditory impairment, autism, emotional disturbance, learning disability, mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment.

DeSoto ISD is actively involved with “child find” efforts to ensure that children with learning challenges have access to evaluations and services, when appropriate. Parents who have concerns about their child’s development or academic performance may call the Special Education Department at (972)274-8212, Ext. 227, for more information.

We believe in educating students in the least restrictive environment and offering a full continuum of instructional and related services to eligible students. Initial consideration is given to provision of services in the general education classroom to the greatest extent possible. Students spend various amounts of time in general education and special education settings, depending upon their specific needs. Support services are available on the neighborhood campus as well as district-wide instructional / related services.

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Procedural Safeguards

The Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities (Procedural Safeguards) explains the specific rights and responsibilities of the parent in the special education process. The Procedural Safeguards fulfills the current legal requirements for the federally prescribed content of this notice. It is presented in a format designed to clarify for parents their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Other than adding local contact information in the designated space, the wording must not be changed. The format has been designed for ease in reading and should not be altered (font size reduced). Find out more by clicking the link below.

Procedural Safeguards

Child-Find Process

Comprehensive educational services are offered to any child, age 0-21, who is identified with a disability that significantly interferes with the child’s ability to learn. If you suspect that your child might have such a disability, you should contact your child’s teacher or DeSoto’s Department of Special Education. If it is felt that a referral for special education is in your child’s best interest, a referral will be initiated by asking you to give written consent for your child to be tested. A comprehensive individual assessment will be administered to your child. After testing is complete, an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee meeting will be held. At this meeting, the results of your child’s testing will be presented to you. If your child is eligible for special services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be designed for your child with your participation. At this point special education services can begin. 

Special Education Resources

Administration Team

Akweta Hickman
Akweta Hickman, Special Education Director
Akweta.Hickman@desotoisd.org

Natesha Moore, Elementary Special Education Supervisor
Natesha.moore@desotoisd.org

Alva Walker, Secondary Special Education Supervisor
Alva.Walker@desotoisd.org

DeSoto ISD Administration Building
200 E. Belt Line Road, DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: (972) 274-8212, Ext. 251
Fax: (972) 274-8190

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