Resources

Documents from the Legal Framework

FIEP: Facilitating IEPs

Facilitating IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) or, in Texas, Facilitating ARDs (Admission, Review, and Dismissal) is a term used to describe an approach on the rise in special education. This facilitation approach applies skills and knowledge from the fields of group dynamics, conflict resolution, communication and meeting management to IEP or ARD meetings.

Navigate Life Texas

This website is especially for families and parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs and is designed to offer support, inspiration, resources and links to services available.

Parent Companion First Five Years

Parent Companion First Five Years website is a guide for Texas Parents and caregivers of children diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.

Partners Resource Network

The Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. PRM assists parents in understanding their children's disabilities, their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, accessing resources and services, and participating as team members with professionals in planning services for their children. Each region in Texas has a parent contact. The contact for Region 13 is Veronica Alvarez 512.969.1848 valvarezparth@gmail.com. Contact Veronica for information, support, and/or to be added to her email/contact list for training opportunities.

Texas Parent to Parent

Texas Parent to Parent provides a variety of resources, education and training to parents, family members, professionals, and others who share an interest in improving lives of children with a disability, chronic illness, or special health care need.

Texas Project First

This website was created by parents for parents in partnership with the Texas Education Agency.  It is committed to proving accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.

Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex)

The Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) delivers accurate and timely answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Our purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals. SPEDTex provides supportive state-wide leadership that promotes collaboration, meaningful communication and participation in the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities.

Understood

An innovative digital resource for parents to access information to “understand” and to feel “understood” related to school, learning, friends, family, and the community (articles, decision guides, slideshows, tips, and more)

Learning Disabilities Association of America 

Support and resources for parents

Exceptional Kids

Resource Guide for the Special Needs Community

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness

Educate, Advocate, Listen, Lead on issues related to Mental Health

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas DSACT

“The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas is to provide education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals, and the community, while building public awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome.”

Directory of Community Resources in Texas

Find disability resources and community services throughout Texas using a customizable search tool by zip code, county, region, keyword, and category developed by the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University.

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process

Find information on laws, rules, regulations, and court cases related to special education. This page also includes links to the A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process (in English and Spanish) and the Procedural Safeguards (in English and Spanish).

The Texas Education Agency, Special Education Main Page

The United Sates Department of Education IDEA website

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) 

Resources for Parents