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.

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 November 11, 2015.  The topic will be Social Security.  {Click Here for Details}

On Monday December 7th from 6:00pm-7:30pm the Reddix Center will host the annual Family Fun Night sponsored by The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and the NISD Special Education Department.  Please join us for arts and crafts, gym fun, cookie decorating and a Ronald McDonald Magic show.  This free event is avaliable for all NISD PPCD and elementary students with special needs and their familes.  See the Family Fun Night Flyer for more 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

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  Costume & Pumpkin Party Oct. 23rd and 30th

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.