Beginning in 1975 with the adoption of Public Law 94-142, Education for all Handicapped Individuals Act, special education has maintained the mission to serve students with varying degrees of disability to ensure they receive the greatest education possible. This law has been reauthorized a number of times since its inception, most recently in December of 2004.

Education for all children with disabilities
Sonora Independent School District offers a free appropriate public education to all children ages 3-21 who may have orthopedic impairment, health impairment, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, learning disability, speech impairment, autism or multiple disabilities. Services for students who are deaf-blind, visually impaired, or auditorially impaired begin at birth. Call (325) 387-6940, ext. 3001 for more information.

Special education services are specially designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. These services are provided in special education or general education settings with modifications, special education support, supplementary aids, and other special arrangement.


In order to receive services through the special education department, students must meet eligibility criteria determined by federal law. There are currently thirteen categories under which students may become eligible for services. These categories include: autism, auditory impairment, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, and non-categorical early childhood.


Educación para todos los niños con discapcidades  

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Sonora ofrece una educación pública gratuita y apropiada para todos los niños y jóvenes de 3 a 21 años de edad que puedan tener impedimento ortopédico, incapacidad de salud, lesión cerebral traumática, discapacidad intelectual, perturbación emocional, discapacidad de aprendizaje, deficiencia de lenguaje, autismo o múltiples discapacidades. Servicios para estudiantes que sean sordos y ciegos, con impedimento visual y deterioro auditivo desde nacimiento. Llame al (325) 387-6940, x. 3001 para mas información.

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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 school and families.

SPEDTex provides information and resources that can help parents understand their child’s disability, their rights, and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and facilitate collaboration that supports the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities in Texas. See for more information.

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