Special Programs

Gifted and Talented

GT Handbook

Aimee Dennis
Director of Special Programs & Leadership / GT Coordinator

adennis@uttyler.edu


ESL/Bilingual

Loni Kinsey
ESL/Bilingual Coordinator; Spanish Teacher

lkinsey@uttyler.edu


Special Education

Special Education Notice (Spanish)
Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Process (Spanish)

Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Spanish)
Transition and Employment Guide

Child Find Notice to Families (English)

Child Find Notice to Families (Spanish)

Compensatory Services Due to COVID 19 (English)

Compensatory Services Due to COVID 19 (Spanish)

Sammi Broussard
Special Education Coordinator

sbrousssard@uttyler.edu

The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Contact information:
Phone: 1-855-773-3839
Email: inquire@spedtex.org
Live Chat: 
www.spedtex.org


Dyslexia

In compliance with TEA requirements, UT Tyler University Academy will follow guidance for identification in The Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update.

Important Changes for Families to Understand (Spanish)

The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities.  TBP is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a program administered by the Library of Congress.  The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages.

Sammi Broussard
Special Education Coordinator

sbroussard@uttyler.edu


Section 504

Campus Directors serve as the Section 504 contacts for their campuses.

Tyler – Kelly Dyer (kdyer@uttyler.edu)
Longview – Rachel Hawkins (rhawkins@uttyler.edu)
Palestine – Ummi Bodede (ubodede@uttyler.edu)


Homeless Liaison

Campus Directors serve as the Homeless Liaison for their campuses.

Tyler – Kelly Dyer (kdyer@uttyler.edu)
Longview – Rachel Hawkins (rhawkins@uttyler.edu)
Palestine – Ummi Bodede (ubodede@uttyler.edu)


PARENT RESOURCES

Resources on Special Education in Texas

Region 7 Education Center
https://www.esc7.net/page/specialed.parentresources

Texas Project First
http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/node/11

Online Professional Learning Opportunities
https://autisminternetmodules.org/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

Community Resources
http://www.andrewscenter.com/smith-county-resources/

Legal Framework for the Child Centered Special Education Process
https://fw.esc18.net/display/Webforms/ESC18-FW-LandingPage.aspx?DT=G&LID=en

Dyslexia Resources
https://www.esc20.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1668843&type=d&pREC_ID=1819425

Understood
www.understood.org

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity’s Parent Website
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/resources/parents/

Dyslexia Helpline:
1-800-232-3030

Transition

Texas Transition and Employment Guide (English and Spanish)

Local Transition Service Contacts
Longview – (Martha) Elaine Thacker – (903)235-4390 email: martha.thacker@twc.state.tx.us
Tyler – Jennifer McCurley – (903) 245-7518 email: jennifer.mccurley@twc.state.tx.us
Palestine – Meagan McAdams – (903) 343-3838 email: Meagan.mcadams@twc.state.tx.us
Blind/Visual Impaired – Jennifer Johnson – (903) 360-1393 email: jennifer.johnson@twc.state.tx.us