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.

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

Upcoming Events

The Reddix Center hosts periodic Table Talks.  Table Talks are informational sessions over various disability related topics.  These sessions are open to all NISD families and staff (General Table Talk Information)

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 disabilites, 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}.

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}