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. 

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. 

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 throughout the school year.  Table Talks are information sessions over various disability related topics.  These sessions are open to all NISD families and staff. The sessions for this year have concluded, but check back for more detailed information about next year's sessions as the dates near.  

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. These sessions have concluded for the 2016-2017 academic year, but check back here for more information as next year's schedule is released.  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.