Special Needs Center

Achievement Center of Texas is a special needs center located in Garland.

We service a number of special needs, both intellectual and physical. All of our students come to us pre-diagnosed. We accommodate to nearly all special needs, with the exception of LON 9 (Level of Need 9) and people with dual diagnoses with mental disorders.

We understand that not all special needs are the same. Even if your child or ward has the same diagnosis as another student, we will still consider both of their individual needs before applying “umbrella” services.

“Umbrella” services can’t help each student fulfill their individual goals. It’s our mission here at ACT to help each and every student reach their fullest potential.

Special Needs Center

What Are Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD)?

Doctors diagnose people with intellectual disabilities, using three characteristics:

  1. The person’s I.Q. falls below 75 (where the average score is 100)
  2. Their limited cognition effects their daily activities
  3. The disability develops before the person legally becomes an adult.

Causes of IDD

Causes of intellectual disabilities vary based on the disability itself. For example, Down Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome are both caused by chromosomal abnormalities, while Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) occurs when a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

Effects of IDD

Intellectual disabilities, depending on the severity, can cause a person to need assistance with a number of daily tasks, including social interactions, personal hygiene, dressing, eating, bladder and bowel relief and more.

IDD Needs We Service

At Achievement Center of Texas, we train our teachers to help your child or ward view themselves as people first, rather than allowing themselves to be defined by their disability.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities that we service include, but are not limited to:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
  • Jacobsen Syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Triple X Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Cri du Chat Syndrome
  • Trisomy 13/Patau Syndrome
  • Trisomy 18/Edwards Syndrome
  • Cat Eye Syndrome
  • Trisomy 16
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

What Are Physical Disabilities?

A physical disability is an impairment that effects a person’s ability to control or use parts of their body, such as their limbs, their eyes, their ears, etc.

A physical disability can be characterized by loss of mobility, uncontrollable movement or spasms, paralysis, blindness, deafness, impaired speech and more.

Causes of Physical Disabilities

Physical disabilities have a number of causes. Sometimes physical disabilities develop prenatally. It’s common that those with intellectual disabilities have physical disabilities as a result (depending on the precise cause of the disability) and vice versa.

Other physical disabilities occur due to bodily trauma, like a car accident, sports injury or a stroke.

Effects of Physical Disabilities

Depending on the severity of the condition, people with physical disabilities may have difficulty dressing themselves, feeding themselves, grasping tools and instruments, reading, communicating and more.

Physical Disabilities We Service

We train all our teachers to help our students with physical disabilities interact in each available activity the student desires and to fulfill their personal goals.

Physical disabilities we service at ACT include, but are not limited to:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Stroke Victims
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Blindness
  • Vision Impairment
  • Deafness
  • Hard of Hearing