Adaptive PE (APE)
Adapted physical education teachers promote appropriate participation in a physical education program for students with physical/intellectual disabilities. They work with students, teachers, and paraprofessionals to create a program that ensures physical and motor fitness, as well as social improvement for students.
Auditorially Impaired (AI)
The AI program serves hearing impaired students who qualify for services beginning in elementary throughout high school. Services are provided by either consult or direct services and are directly related to the students hearing loss. A qualified teacher for the Auditorially Impaired works with the classroom teacher to supplement, modify and reinforce materials as needed but does not replace teaching in the classroom.
In most states speech is a related service, but in Texas speech is an instructional service. This means children who qualify for speech services must meet the criteria for speech eligibility. A speech therapist (also known as a Speech-Language Pathologist) assesses, diagnoses and provides therapeutic interventions for students who are experiencing speech, language, and communication difficulties.
Visually Impaired (VI)
The VI program serves blind and visually impaired children aged birth to 21 years with visual impairments. An itinerant vision teacher travels to the student's assigned school or home (for infants 0-3 years) to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to vision loss. Teachers provide supplementary services that are disability specific for children who may have only a visual impairment or additional disabilities. The VI teacher supplements, reinforces and modifies materials when necessary, but does not replace classroom teaching. VI teachers work closely with the student's teacher(s) to ensure a successful education program.