Special Education Connection

A Special Education Newsletter for the Katy ISD Community

October 2020

The Special Education Connection is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Department of Special Education to help keep our Katy ISD community informed related to the happenings, trainings, and resources available in our area.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center houses a multitude of resources for schools and parents related to bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and an important time to highlight the ongoing efforts on the part of the Katy ISD community to promote an environment that supports kindness, acceptance, and inclusion for all students. https://www.pacer.org/bullying/

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia is one of the most common language-based learning disabilities. Between 5-10% of the population is estimated to have dyslexia while 70-80% of those with reading difficulties are likely to have some form of dyslexia. This month, students and educators across the nation are raising awareness about the struggles associated with dyslexia. Recognizing the significant educational implications of this learning difference allows for increased opportunities to ensure early diagnosis and intervention for individuals with dyslexia.


Join the Katy Independent School District in recognizing Dyslexia Awareness Month by wearing red, on Thursday, October 15, 2020!

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KATY ISD PROVIDES SCREENINGS FOR STUDENTS WITH SUSPECTED DISABILITIES

The Katy Independent School District Special Education Department provides screenings for students with suspected disabilities in an effort to identify every student with a disability who lives within the district’s boundaries. The screenings are designed to help identify children who may qualify for the district’s special education programs.


Students with all categories of disabilities between the ages of three and 21 can be provided with services to ensure their successful participation in school. These services and supports may be provided through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. Special Education services are also available to children who are visually and/or auditory impaired starting at birth.


If you are aware of a child who may be challenged with a disability, please contact your child’s home campus. The Special Education office will coordinate efforts to evaluate the student and, if eligible, ensure that the student is provided with supports and services needed to benefit from instruction. Please do not hesitate to call should you have any questions or concerns.

Katy Independent School District

6301 South Stadium Lane

Katy, TX 77494


Katy Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and its agents, officers and staff members shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, disabling condition, age, color, religion, national origin, military status or any other legally protected status in making decisions regarding staff members or students.


http://www.katyisd.org/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx

Katy ISD Special Education Department Website

This site hosts important information about special education, parent resources, and other important district information.

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Upcoming Parent Training Series - Understanding Autism

Legacy Parent Academy 2020-2021

Legacy Parent Academy sessions will be offered virtually for the 2020-2021 school year wtih an emphasis on supporting social-emotional wellness and topics that impact students district-wide. Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives. The sessions are planned from 6:00PM-7:00PM as follows:


Wednesday, November 11, 2020: "Navigating Emotional/Behavioral Concerns for your Child"

Wednesday, January 20, 2021: "Destigmatizing Mental Health"

Wesndesay, March 24, 2021: "Managing Test Anxiety"


Each Legacy Parent Academy event for the 2020-2021 school year will be a webinar fortmat. Sessions will be translated into Spanish and posted on the Legacy Parent Academy webpage following each event.


Additional information is available on the Legacy Parent Academy webpage at

http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx.