Special Education: Parent Resources, Announcements and Upcoming Events

Resources

Attached is an Introduction to STAAR-A, A Guide for Parents.  The guide describes the new STAAR-A test and the embedded supports designed to help students with disabilities access the content being assessed.  The STAAR-A will be administered in Spring 2015 and will be available for students with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements. 

Region 10 ESC, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency has created the Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex).  SPEDTex is a resource designed to inform and support parents, teachers, and anyone who is committed to the success of children with disabilites.  Please visit the SPEDTex website at www.spedtex.org for more information.

Navigate Life Texas offers resources for students with disabilities and special health care needs.

Visit the Reddix Center Webpage to see helpful tools for working at home with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Below is a directory provided by the Arc of San Antonio listing numerous community resources for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  Also below is a list of resources provide by Texas Parent to Parent. 

Parent Companion offers a guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilites from birth to 5 years old. 

Below is information regarding Medicaid Waiver Programs.  A Medicaid Waiver offers services that are typically not covered under basic Medicaid coverage.  Services may include respite care, attendant care, home modifications, residential options, adaptive aids, camp, specialized therapies, habilitation, and many more.

Respite Care of San Antonio is an organization that offers various respite care opportunities for children and students with special needs including: daycare, mother's day out, and family's day out opportunities.  Check out the program brochures for more information....{Daycare Brochure}     {Mother's Day Out Brochure}     {Family's Day Out Brochure}

Upcoming Events

The Reddix Center hosts periodic Table Talks.  Table Talks are informational sessions over various disability related topics.  These sessions are open to all NISD families and staff (General Table Talk Information).  The next Table Talk will happen on March 9, 2016 between 9:00 and 1:00pm.  This Table Talk is a community resource tour featuring local day habilitation programs and group homes.  Reservations are required; see the flyer for more details.{Click Here for Details}

On April 11, 2016 the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and NISD will host Fiesta Fun Night form 6:30 to 8:00 at the Nellie Reddix Center.  This free event is for NISD middle school, high school and Reddix students with special needs and their families and will include a Fiesta hat contest, games, prizes and much more.  {Click Here for Details}

Save the Date~ April 12, 2016 from 9 to 12pm at the Northside Activity Center~ NISD and Family Service Association are offering a free Family Empowerment Training.  The topic will be Working with Speech Delays: Teaching Your Child to Request.  {Click Here for Details}

The Education Service Center at Region 20 offers a variety of free parent workshops.  Please see the brochure for more information. Region 20 Parent Workshop Brochure

Special Reach hosts Friday Night Party Nights bi-monthly through May.  During Friday Night Party Nights parents can enjoy an evening out while their children with disabilities participate in video games, gym activities, crafts, dance, snacks plus much more.  Siblings are welcome.  For more information including fees, dates, times, and locations click here.

Texas Parent to Parent (TXP2P) will host the annual Parent Conference on June 17th and 18th in San Marcos.  The conference will have over 80 information sessions covering a wide range of topics including: behavior, advocacy, transition, special education, mental health, parenting, and self-care issues.  {Click Here for Details}

Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) will host two 10 day events over the summer  for juniors and seniors with disabilities at Texas A&M, College Station. LEAP is an organization affiliated with Texas A&M, College Station that provides training and experiences to youth with disabilites to develop their leadership and advocacy skills.  Click on the flyer for more information including times, dates and fees. {LEAP Flyer}

The Arc of San Antonio is hosting a series of disability related worshops over health topics and planning for the future.  Please see the flyers below for more information.