Special Education: Parent Resources, Announcements and Upcoming Events


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

The Reddix Center hosts periodic Table Talks.  Table Talks are informational sessions over various disability related topics.  These sessions occur during lunchtime and are open to all NISD families and staff (General Table Talk Information).  The next Table Talk will happen on October 14, 2015.  The topic will be the Alamo Local Authority and ACCOG-Eligibility/In-Home Supports.  {Click Here for Details}

The NISD Special Education Department is proud to host a Community Reource Fair for families of students with disabilities on October 19, 2015 from 1to 4 pm.  The fair will feature over 50 organizations at the Northside Activity Center.  Please see the flyer for more information. Community Resource Fair Flyer

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

The Special Reach organization is offering "Party Nights" for children with special needs.  At Party Nights, parents can drop off their child with special needs and siblings for a fun-filled evening of crafts and games.  Reservations are requried and space is limited.  Please see the flyer and application for more information.  Party Night Flyer        Party Night Application

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.