EcI Is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.
ECI provides evaluations and assessments, at no cost or low cost to families. ECI asks families who can afford to do so, to share in the cost allowable deductions. No child and family will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Families and professionals work as a team to plan appropriate services based on the unique needs of the child and family.
For more information about ECI or to refer your child or locate the program nearest you, call the DARS inquiries Line at 1-800-628-511.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal special education law. in addition to ECI services it covers children from ages 3-21 with particular disabilities. It requires local educational agencies (school districts) to provide special education and related services for children who have one or more of the 13 disabilities specified in the law. In Texas, most laws, regulations, and procedures relating to IDEA are administered by the Texas, Education Agency (TEA). Special education services for these age group is provided by your local school district. All children regardless of their disability are provide free and appropriate serves by their local school district.
If your child is 3 or above and has a disability, you should request a Full and Individualized Evaluation (FIE) to see if your child can benefit from special education services. The school will do a to complete evaluation after you consent to the test. These evaluations are free.
If you have more questions about how your child can receive these services or you are not able to get your school to provide you services, please contact us so we can guide you through the process. Below you will find some great resources to help you.