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 disabilities.  Please visit the SPEDTex website at www.spedtex.org for more information.

The Education Service Center at Region 20  offers a new Parent Resource webpage. The webpage is full of specific parent resources for all types of topics ranging from academic resources to bullying to financial aid to substance abuse along with specific special education resources and much more.  

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 disabilities 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}

Palo Alto College is offering a unique opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities called Project Access.  The program is designed to support student access to post-secondary education that develops skills for gainful employment. Click here for more information including requirements and how to apply

The Parent Leadership Academy (PLA) is a joint partnership of the Alamo Colleges, the Education Service Center, at Region 20 Family Engagement Program and the San Antonio ISD Family Engagement Department.  The PLA offers a series of courses designed to empower parents to have leadership roles in the education of their families, and become active education advocates in the community.  Click here for more information about the PLA including course descriptions and application.

Upcoming Events

The Reddix Center hosts periodic Table Talks througghout the school year.  Table Talks are information sessions over various disability related topics.  These sessions are open to all NISD families and staff.  Click here for more information including session topics, dates, and times.  Check back for more detailed information about the sessions as the dates near.  The next Table Talk will assist families with signing up their eligible children for Medicaid health care through STAR Kids.  This event will take place at the Reddix center on August 29, 2016 between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.  Click here for details.

Respite Care of San Antonio will host an Open House and Free Play Event on September 10, 2016 from 11 to 1pm.  The Open House will take place at at Davidson Respite House 605 Belknap Place in San Antonio.  Learn about the services that Respite Care provides while enjoying free food, door prizes for families, and free games.  Click here for RSVP information.

~Save the Date~ September 13, 2016 Workforce Solutions and theTexas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) will host a Job Fair from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Leon Valley Community Center. Click here for details.

Beginning September 17, 2016 the Arc of San Antonio will host a series of Planning for the Future Workshops.  The Planning for the Future Workshops are designed to help self-advocates and parents/caregivers of children/young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities plan for the future.  These free events take place on Saturdays from 9 to11am at 6530 Wurzbach Rd. in San Antonio.  Click here for dates and topics.  Click here for Spanish Language.

The Education Service Center at Region 20 offers numerous free training opportunities for parents throughout the 2016/2017 school year.  Click here for an English and Spanish version of the brochure.  

Texas Parent to Parent (TXP2P) and NISD will host a free one day Pathways to Adulthood seminar on September 22, 2016 from 9:30 to 2:30.  The Pathway to Adulthood Seminar provides families and professionals with the information and tools needed to plan for a young adult's life after high school.  The seminar is open to families of children with disabilities, chronic illness, or other special health care needs, and the professionals who work with them.  Click on the link for details {Pathways to Adulthood Seminar}.

The Autism Society of Central Texas will host Autism Walk in the Park on October 1, 2016 from 10 am to 1pm.  The walk will include prizes and a resource fair.  Click here for details.