Special Education

Special Education

Leander ISD's Special Education Services provides specialized instruction with supports of accommodations and modifications to meet the needs of our highly diverse student population. Our goal is to center your child's learning on the LISD vision by producing individualized education plans to students with disabilities. The program links highly qualified educators to research-based curriculum made accessible through specialized instruction.

Parent Handbook for Special Education
Acronyms for Special Education
Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Englishen Español)
Council for Exceptional Children
Special Olympics

Evaluation Services

The placement of a student in special education is driven by assessment. The assessment will produce a Full and Individualized Evaluation (FIE), which will assist in determining the presence of a disability and identify any educational need for specialized instruction.

More information about Leander ISD's Evaluation Services 

Transition Services

In LISD, the goal of transition planning and services is to graduate students to meaningful, sustainable lives, regardless of their disability. Our system capitalizes on the collaboration between the student, family and staff to guide not only academics, but also develop other skills that are important for a student's future. 

Transition Website (Elementary to 18+ Services) | Texas Transition and Employment Guide

More information about LISD's Transition Services 

Child Find

The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age and their possible need for special education and related services. Child Find is a free referral and information service available through local education agencies and Service Center Region XIII.

Children learn at different rates, but some children have significant difficulty. We're here to help you access services to meet the unique learning needs of your child. If you are concerned your child may be learning, playing or interacting differently from others, please call our office at 512-570-0350 or email child.find@leanderisd.org.

Parent Companion | Texas Project First

More information about Child Find

Parent Information

Autism Parent Support Meetings

The Autism Parent Support meetings provide a networking opportunity to parents whose children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. We are also continuing the Sibling Support Group in conjunction with these meetings!

All meetings will take place in the Faubion Elementary School library at 1209 Cypress Creek Rd. Cedar Park, 78613 from 6:30–8 p.m.

Reminders will be sent out through SchoolMessenger before each meeting. Childcare is available on a limited basis. Please RSVP to the reminder email by the specified date/time to insure appropriate coverage or we may not be able to accommodate your child/children.

  • October 22, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • January 13, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • April 6, 2020
  • May 11, 2020

Leander Family Support Network (LFSN)

General Meetings and Opportunities

The Leander Family Support Network (LFSN) meetings provide general information pertaining to issues common to parents of children receiving Special Education services as well as an opportunity to network with other parents.

All meetings will take place in the Faubion Elementary School library, located at 1209 Cypress Creek Rd. Cedar Park, TX 78613, unless otherwise noted on the registration/reminder email. 

Registration information and reminders will be sent out via SchoolMessenger before each meeting or event. Childcare will be provided on a limited first-come basis. Please RSVP by the date/time indicated on the reminder notice.

  • October 29, 2019
    6:30–8 p.m.
  • December 12, 2019
    6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Parents Night Out (Childcare capacity is limited)

  • January 27, 2020
    6:30–8 p.m.
    State Assessment Update

  • February 24, 2020
    6:30–8 p.m.

  • March 27, 2020
    9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    SPED Parent Conference 
  • April 27, 2020
    6:30–8 p.m.

Transition to Adulthood Parent Support Meetings

The Transition to Adulthood Parent Support Group provides information for parents whose children are in secondary educational settings as they prepare for living life as independently as possible after leaving the public school setting.

All meetings will take place in the Faubion Elementary School library, located at 1209 Cypress Creek Rd. Cedar Park, TX 78613 from 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Topics will be sent out prior to each meeting in a r
eminder email. Childcare WILL NOT be provided for these meetings.

  • October 16, 2019
  • November 7, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • April 21, 2020

For additional information about any of the parent meeting opportunities above, contact Debi McNiff, parent liaison for special education by email at debi.mcniff@leanderisd.org or by phone at 512-570-0368.

Visual Impairment Services

Senate Bill 507 - Cameras in Special Education Classrooms


Texas Education Code §29.022 (Senate Bill 507) requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to place video cameras with audio recording capability in certain self-contained classrooms and other special education settings  for students with disabilities beginning in the 2016–17 school year. Cameras may be placed in these areas upon the request of a parent, trustee or staff member, in order to ensure the safety of students with disabilities in these classrooms.

The following are links to the statutes and legislation related to Senate Bill 507:

Procedures for Requesting Video/Audio Recording

A parent, trustee or staff member may make a request for installation and operation of video/audio recording equipment in a self-contained classroom or other special education setting by completing and submitting a Request for the Installation of Video and Audio Recording Equipment form. The form can be obtained by emailing camera.request@leanderisd.org.

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