Special Education: Parent Resources, Announcements and Upcoming Events


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.  

The Arc of San Antonio provides a Community Resource Directory listing numerous community resources for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.    Also, Texas Parent to Parent offers a list of San Antonio and Vicinity Resource Information.

The project Autism Lifeline Links, ALL for short, is a collaborative funded by the Kronkosky charitable foundation, and is a fairly new initiative in the San Antonio and surrounding area.  Check out their website including a resource guide developed for people with ASD.

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

Click here for 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 following link to information on their site-based services and more.

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.

The Center on disability and Development with Texas A&M University offers the Parent-Directed Treatment Project.  This free, two-hour webinar is available to any caretaker of a child up to 22 years old with Augism Spectrum Disorder.  You will be taught how to teach your child new communication skills.  This webinar is offered monthly, and you can sign up to receive individualized parent directed treatment.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

Don't miss out on Friday Party Nights for children with special needs ages 6-18. These events are sponsored by Special Reach.  Click here for more information.

The Reddix Center hosts periodic Table Talks throughout 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 a list of the 2017-2018 Table Talk sessions.  Click here for the list in Spanish.

Beginning September 16, 2017 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 Helotes 4-H Bard Buddies Livestock Show is a unique opportunity for special needs students to experience showing an animal, connect with peers, and learn a little about agriculture.  This event will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Helotes 4-H Activity Center.  Click here for more information.

The Education Service Center at Region 20 will be offering numerous free training opportunities for parents throughout the 2017-2018 school year.   Click here for an English and Spanish version of the brochure.  

On October 25, 2017, you can join others at Education Service Center Region 20 for a panel discussion with local mental health officers regarding supporting those with IDD.  Click here for more information.

Join the Hill Country IDD Regional Support Team at Region 20 on October 26, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 PM for a presentation on Learning to Deal with the Reality of Mental Health and Behavioral Challenges.  Click here for more information.

Join the Hill Country IDD Regional Support Team, the University of Illinois at Chicago, The ARC of Texas and Disability Rights Texas on November 4, 2017 from 9:30-4:30 for their one day workshop designed to help individuals who have disabilities and their family members make "contingency" plans when circumstances change and current arrangements are no longer possible.  Click here for more information.