Special Education

Duncanville ISD provides a comprehensive educational program with educational opportunities essential to the full intellectual and social development of students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. The needs of such students often require resources and assistance beyond those available within the regular classroom.

Duncanville ISD believes in educating students in the least restrictive environment. A full continuum of instructional and related services is available to eligible students, with initial consideration given to provision of services in the general education classroom to the greatest extent possible. The emphasis is on flexibility, with an individually tailored education to be provided on campus and/or within a centralized program to address communication, cognitive, developmental, socio/emotional, physical, and/or medical challenges.

The Duncanville ISD goal is to assist students in developing skills that will enable them to participate successfully in society by improving outcomes, both in learning and social situations.

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Click here to access Special Education Procedural Safeguards in your preferred language.

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. Click the image about for more information. 

Contact information:

Phone: 1-855-773-3839

Email: inquire@spedtex.org

Live Chat: www.spedtex.org

New Dyslexia Handbook Effective February 10, 2022


Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that focus on courses of study or activities available in high school that will facilitate the students' movement toward post high school goals. State law mandates that transition planning be in place at a student's 14th birthday. This requires planning to begin at age 13. Transition occurs throughout a student's school career. For our students with disabilities, the transition specialist provides information to the parents concerning the health and human services available once their student has graduated from high school. This service begins to take place when the student is as young as 3-5 years old, depending on the disability of the student. The Texas Transition and Employment Guide are available in EnglishSpanishKoreanVietnamese, and Chinese.  This guide has been developed by the Texas Education Agency.  Read more at texastransition.org.

Cynthia Jaird, Executive Director of Special Ed.

Dr. Cynthia Jaird
Executive Director of Special Education

Fallon Hawthorne, Director of Special Ed. Instruction

Fallon Hawthorne
Director of Instruction

Laurie Toben, Director of Special Ed Compliance

Laurie Toben
Director of Compliance

Roberta Blakemore
Department Administrative Assistant

Hours of Operation
M-Th 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Teaching and Learning Center
9240 County View Rd.
Dallas, 75249

phone: 972-708-2060
fax: 972-708-2093

Terrell Lockett, Sr. 
Coordinator – Self-Contained

Dr. Syrinithnia Mann
Coordinator –Curriculum and Instruction Special Education

Doria Telsa
District – Instructional Specialist Self- Contained

Lorrie Saffy 
Elementary Behavior Specialist-Special Education 

Brittany Allison 
Secondary Behavior Specialist-Special Education

Arenda Mosley
Elementary-Instructional Specialist- Special Education

Wynter Miller 
Secondary Instructional Specialist- Special Education

James Hicks 
Transition Specialist- District

Office Staff

Clara Kuzelka
SERS Clerk

Larisa Carlile
Special Ed Data Management Clerk

Amy Robledo
SEMS Clerk