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Senate Bill 139

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute a notice to parents informing them of how to make a special education referral if they suspect that their child may have a disability.

Special services are available to eligible infants, children and young adults identified with a disability. They may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • Physical Disability
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Visual Impairment
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Intellectual Disability 
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and/or Language
  • Autism
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Each child is unique and some have special needs or concerns when it comes to learning, but all have the right to an education. Services at no cost to the family are available to all eligible individuals from birth through 21 years of age regardless of the severity of their disability.

What to Look For:


 Has difficulty pronouncing words
 Difficulty being understood by others
 Limited speaking skills
 Has difficulty or does not respond when spoken to
 Does not babble, coo or talk


 Inappropriate response or no response to sound
 Chronic ear problems
 Pulls ears


 Unable to see things close up and/or far away
 Avoids eye contact
 Unable to follow objects
 Unable to focus on objects
 Unable to recognize objects or people
 Squints eyelids together
 Rubs eyes often


 Does not understand directions or instructions
 Does not play or relate to others
 Does not identify common objects
 Motor/Physical Development
 Uneven or no movement
 Shows no interest in toys
 Physically overactive or passive
 Limited strength, vitality or alertness


 Need for constant movement
 No understanding of real dangers
 Experiences drastic mood swings

Self Help

Children develop at different rates. Most children will show steps toward independence during toddler years. Some concerns may be:

 Does not try to feed self
 Rarely expresses wants or desires
 Shows little or no independence
 Gives up too easily
 Depends on others to care for personal needs