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  • The TEA's Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Process states: There is a two-part test for determining whether your child is eligible for special education and related services:

    (1) your child must have a disability; and

    (2) as a result of the disability, your child must need special education and related services to benefit from education. To meet the first part of the two-part test for eligibility, a child between the ages of 3 through 21, except as noted, must meet the criteria for one or more of the disability categories listed below:

    • auditory impairment (from birth);
    • autism;
    • deaf-blindness (from birth);
    • emotional disturbance;
    • intellectual disability;
    • multiple disabilities;
    • noncategorical early childhood (ages three through five);
    • orthopedic impairment;
    • other health impairment;
    • specific learning disability;
    • speech or language impairment;
    • traumatic brain injury; or
    • visual impairment (including blindness from birth).

    The ARD committee must make the eligibility determination within 30 calendar days from the date of completion of the initial evaluation report.