Low Incidence Disabilities (LID)
ESC, Region 20 provides professional development, technical assistance, and resources that support programs serving students with low incidence disabilities (severe and profound cognitive disabilities, medically fragile, deaf/blind).
These Programs are often referred to as Life Skills Programs or other district specific acronyms such as ALE, FLU, FLS, etc. Students in these programs typically participate in the STAAR Alternate Administration.
Low Incidence Contact List
Would you like to receive regular updates regarding Low Incidence Disabilities and STAAR Alternate?
Please complete the following steps to join the ESC-20 Low Incidence Disabilities Contact List:
- Go to the home page at www.ESC20.net
- Click on the red button on the top right titled Join Mailing List
- Type your email address
- Click submit
- check the boxes for the mailing lists you would like to join.
- Click subscribe.
You will receive a confirmation email.
ESC-20 Exemplary Educator Showcase
Meet Janet Sheppard!
Janet teaches at Kendall Elementary in Boerne ISD. She is a master at utilizing visual systems to foster independence for her students and has classroom management down to an art. She is able to differentiate her instruction to ensure that all her students are appropriately challenged based on their individual skill level and incorporates opportunities for her students to work as a whole group, in a small group, as well as independently.
She individualizes to meet each student's specific needs by utilizing adapted seating where needed and incorporates communication supports throughout the day for students that use them.
She is open to classroom visitors, so please visit her school website to contact her:
or her email address: email@example.com
Check out some pictures from her classroom below!
This is Claire Heins. She teaches at Crockett Elementary at San Antonio ISD in their Sensory Optimal Learning Environment (S.O.L.E.). She specializes in working with students that have multiple disabilities using the Active Learning approach. Her classroom incorporates adapted equipment and experiential instructional opportunities to make learning meaningful for her students. She is a master of using resources, such as the Communication Matrix, to determine where her students currently are and then building an instructional program for them to help them make progress.
She is open to classroom visitors, so please email her to set up a visit: firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck out pictures from her classroom below!
Ariana Morrow teaches students in the Alternative Learning Environment (A.L.E.) at Lopez Middle School in North East ISD. She’s a master of implementing positive behavior supports with consistency and creativity to maximize learning time. Ms. Morrow designed a middle school curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities who access the TEKS through prerequisite skills that is used by teachers across Texas. She inspires team work, builds communication skills and differentiates for individual learning needs. Her proactive teaching style minimizes students’ anxiety and her hands-on approach keeps students engaged and excited to learn!
Recipient of the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Superintendent’s Award, and most recently Teacher of the Year, Ms. Morrow welcomes visitors and seeks opportunities to be a part of a community of special educators. She can be reached by email at email@example.com. She can also be contacted through her teacher webpage at https://www.neisd.net/domain/3777 or her blog at www.teachers42morrow.com.
National Resources: Websites, Technical Assistance Centers & Online Professional Development