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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:

  1. Go to the home page at
  2. Click on the red button on the top right titled Join Mailing List
  3. Type your email address
  4. Click submit
  5. check the boxes for the mailing lists you would like to join.
  6. Click subscribe.

You will receive a confirmation email.

STAAR Alternate 2 Information

Please access the following links for more information on the STAAR Alternate 2:

ESC 20 STAAR Resources

TEA STAAR Alternate 2 Resources

ESC-20 Exemplary Educator Showcase

The ESC-20 Educator Showcase features teachers that have been nominated by their Special Education Directors for demonstrating proficiency in various key components of an evidence-based program for students with low incidence disabilities. The TTESS Supplement: Evidence-Based Practice in the Low Incidence Disabilities Setting was used during each classroom observation to ensure use of various evidence-based practices by the featured educator.  Each teacher has agreed to scheduled classroom visits to share their knowledge with others (pending availability).
For more information about the Exemplary Educator Showcase, please contact Dana Frankland.  Click the tabs below to see some of the great things happening in classrooms around Region 20!


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:


Check out some pictures from her classroom below!

Vanessa Ploetz works at Kendall Elementary in Boerne ISD.  She uses visual supports that are appropriate for each student and integrates individual student supports into instruction.  She is open to classroom visitors, so please click here to visit her website to set up a visit. Email or website address coming soon.

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