Fort Davis ISD provides special education services to children with disabilities to meet their unique needs. These educational programs are provided in a variety of settings, including a typical classroom, a content mastery classroom, a special campus placement, the student's home, or a hospital setting. Students must be identified as in need of special education through a referral and evaluation process. In addition to academic and speech therapy programs, the district also provides related services including transportation, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, adaptive physical education, individual or group counseling, and a work-study program.

To qualify for special education, students must have been evaluated in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, and have a disability such as the following:

  • speech or language impairment

  • hearing impairment including deafness

  • visual impairment including blindness

  • orthopedic impairment

  • autism

  • traumatic head injury

  • serious emotional disturbance

  • mental retardation

  • another health impairment

  • a specific learning disability

  • deaf-blindness

  • multiple disabilities

Special education services are offered at no cost to parents to meet the needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, and instruction in physical education.

The instruction offered through special education has been changed in content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of a child that will result from that child's disability and to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.


Special Education services are available to eligible children within the Fort Davis Independent School District. The student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 with a documented disability and an educational need that requires special education. Children with visual and/or auditory impairments may be eligible at birth. A variety of placement options are available if found eligible after a full and individual evaluation. For children ages 3-5 or placed in a private or home school, please contact the Director of Special Education Mesinda Llanez at 432-837-3315. For school-aged students attending a FDISD school, contact the campus Counselor or campus Principal.

About Supplemental Special Education Services

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) are $1,500 one-time on-line grants for eligible parents/caregivers of eligible students served by special education that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures. 

Families of eligible students can use the on-line accounts to obtain educational materials and resources and/or services such as additional speech therapy or other specific services.

Acerca de los servicios de educación especial suplementarios

Los Servicios de Educación Especial Suplementarios (SSES, por sus siglas en inglés) son subvenciones únicas en línea de $1,500 para padres/cuidadores elegibles de estudiantes elegibles atendidos por educación especial que se han visto afectados por el cierre de escuelas por COVID-19.

Las familias de los estudiantes elegibles pueden usar las cuentas en línea para obtener materiales y recursos educativos y/o servicios como terapia del habla adicional u otros servicios específicos.

For more information about special education services, contact your campus principal, or:

Mesinda Llanez LOCAL: Leticia Hartnett
Director of Special Education FDISD Director of Special Education
588 Special Education Cooperative 400 West Webster Ave
PO BOX 171 Alpine TX 79831 PO Box 1339, Fort Davis, TX 79734

432-837-3315 432-426-4444, x342


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