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.

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 January 13, 2016.  The topics will be Guradianship, Power of Attorney, and Supported Decision Making.  Lunch is available for purchase.{Click Here for Details}

On Febuary 6, 2016, The Arc of San Antonio will host a free informational workshop on Behavior Management. {Click Here for Details}

On Febuary 16, 2016, Texas Parent to Parent will host Pathways to Adulthood at the Education Service Center Region 20.  Pathways to Adulthood is a free one day seminar that will provide families and professionals with information and tools needed to plan for a young adult learner's life after high school.  It is open to families whose children have a disability, chronic illness or other special health care needs, and the professionals who work with them.  {Click Here for Details}

The Education Service Center at Region 20 located at 1314 Hines Ave. San Antonio, TX 78208 is hosting the annual TAPPestry Conference on Saturday, Feburary 20, 2016 from 8:30 to 4:30 {English Flyer} {Spanish Flyer}.  This event includes over 40 exhibitors and breakout sessions with topics covering a variety of disabilites ranging from early childhood to planning for life after high school {TAPPestry Agenda}.  Click on the following links for registration information.  {English Registration Form} {Spanish Registration Form}.

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 Firday 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.

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.