Exploring a Terrific Texas Resource for Parents – Texas Project FIRST

Has your child recently been diagnosed with a disability? Do you have concerns about your child’s learning and are trying to find help? Your child may be receiving special education services and you need to understand more about the process. Come learn about a bilingual resource created by parents, for parents, committed to providing accurate and consistent information on the special education process. Texas Project FIRST is a project funded by the Texas Education Agency.

About the Presenter

Mary Jane Williams is the Executive Director for Family to Family Network, a parent organization in the greater Houston area committed to making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. Mary Jane currently represents families on several TEA committees, but more importantly has raised two successful adult children with disabilities who are living real lives in the real world.


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Children’s Mental Health

This webinar will provide an introduction to mental health services for children, both in the school and community settings. We will identify some of the common categories of mental heath disorders and discuss requirements set forth by IDEA to help identified students. We will also look at some of the various services available, both through the school to help the child academically, and within the community to help the family receive the comprehensive help and support they need.

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About the Presenter:

Brenda Nelson is the parent of a teen with a disability. She has spent many years attending conferences, trainings, and working in a variety of jobs, as a parent and a professional, that have increased her knowledge of special education and related topics. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with other parents to educate and encourage them to be effective advocates for their children. She is currently serving as the Statewide Youth Leadership Training Specialist for PRN.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


State Independent Living Services and Centers

Presented by Laurie Pryor, LBSW with Office of Independent Living Services, HHSC

This webinar will provide an overview of Independent Living Services provided by the state to individuals with significant disabilities. Independent Living Services help individuals maintain or increase their independence. Independent Living Centers are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private nonprofit agencies which provide an array of services in local areas. Independent Living Services are in the process of transitioning from DARS to HHSC on 9/1/16. Join us to learn how to obtain these services.

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About the Presenter:

Laurie Pryor, LBSW, has been a social worker for 24 years with experience in medical social work, Independent living and administration. She currently works for the Health and Human Services Commission in the Office of Independent Living Services as the ILS Training and Technical Assistance Unit Supervisor. The unit provides Centers for Independent Living with on-going training and technical assistance related to fulfilling the contracts for Independent Living Services.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


The IEP Toolbox for Parents

Presented by David Beinke, Director of Advocacy for Cirkiel and Associates

With school budgets being stretched and special education services being reduced or eliminated, the school environment can often be difficult for parents to navigate. This presentation provides a brief overview of 35 different tips and options for parents to consider when advocating for their children in the IEP process.

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About the Presenter:

David Beinke is currently Director of Advocacy for Cirkiel and Associates, a disability law firm in Round Rock, Texas. With 20 years of case management experience in the mental health field and 14 years with a law firm, David brings a unique brand of support for children with special needs in their educational environment to families throughout the State of Texas. Participating in COPAA as co-chair of Advocates Committee and one of the founding members of TOPAA (Texas Organization of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates) he maintains a statewide presence in training and mentoring advocates and parents. He has a B.S. in Education and is a former United States Marine Sergeant claiming the moniker and related email address of “SpecialEdMarine”.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


Ask the Special Ed Director

Ask the Special Ed Director … Honest Answers to Your Burning Questions

Parents frequently ask for various supports and services during their child’s ARD meeting only to be given a firm and resounding “No”, with rarely a satisfactory explanation. We are left wondering “What’s up with that? Don’t they care about my child’s needs?” Here is your chance to ask your burning questions and get real, honest answers, from a former Special Education Director.

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Please Note:

The purpose of this webinar is to get a “behind the scenes” look into the administrative side of special education and the motivations behind the answers parents may hear. When parents have knowledge of the school’s position, they can improve their advocacy strategy. This is not a session for personal problem solving issues. Please contact your local Project Office or
Regional Coordinator for one-on-one assistance.

About the Presenter:

Chuck Noe has been the Education Specialist for PRN for the past 8 years providing expertise and information to staff and parents. Serving as a Special Education Director for 24 years, along with his prior work in the Special Education Division at the Texas Education Agency, has given Chuck extensive, “real world” knowledge and experience in IDEA and state regulations.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


Legislative Outlook – Your Voice Matters

The 85th Texas Legislative Session will begin in January. Now is a great time to lend your voice to the process. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the legislative process, bills that are being proposed, and how parents can provide powerful direction to the issues that are important to them.

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About the Presenter:

Brenda Nelson is the parent of a teen with a disability. She has spent many years attending conferences, trainings, and working in a variety of jobs, as a parent and a professional, that have increased her knowledge of special education and related topics. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with other parents to educate and encourage them to be effective advocates for their children. She is currently serving as the Statewide Youth Leadership Training Specialist for PRN.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


Exploring SpedTex

Exploring SpedTex (Special Education Information Center) with Tana Hubbard, Consultant for SpedTex

The Special Education Information Center (SpedTex), was launched in September 2014, as a dynamic resource designed to deliver reliable and timely answers to parents, teachers and any stakeholder across the state of Texas who is committed to the success of students with disabilities. SpedTex functions as a statewide call center, providing resources and options in regards to stakeholder questions and concerns as they pertain to special education. This webinar will discuss the foundation of SpedTex, along with it’s purpose, intent, and how parents can use this resource.

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Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


Ask the Special Ed Director

Ask the Special Ed Director … Honest Answers to Your Burning Questions

Parents frequently ask for various supports and services during their child’s ARD meeting only to be given a firm and resounding “No”, with rarely a satisfactory explanation. We are left wondering “What’s up with that? Don’t they care about my child’s needs?” Here is your chance to ask your burning questions and get real, honest answers, from a former Special Education Director.

Register for this webinar at https://partnerstx.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=partnerstx

Please Note:

The purpose of this webinar is to get a “behind the scenes” look into the administrative side of special education and the motivations behind the answers parents may hear. When parents have knowledge of the school’s position, they can improve their advocacy strategy. This is not a session for personal problem solving issues. Please contact your local Project Office or Regional Coordinator for one-on-one assistance.

About the Presenter:

Chuck Noe has been the Education Specialist for PRN for the past 8 years providing expertise and information to staff and parents. Serving as a Special Education Director for 24 years, along with his prior work in the Special Education Division at the Texas Education Agency, has given Chuck extensive, “real world” knowledge and experience in IDEA and state regulations.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.


Transition Training with Apps

Guest presenter: Betsy Furler, MS, CCC-SLP, Training and Therapy Coordinator for BridgingApps 

Mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and Androids are everywhere! They are easily accessible and great tools for all types of transitions. This webinar will discuss a variety of apps that are very beneficial for different types of transition. An overview of the BridgingApps website and services will be provided.

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About the Presenter:

Betsy is a speech-language pathologist and autism consultant with 24 years of experience in a variety of settings. She graduated from Austin College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and from the University of Texas at Dallas with a MS in Communication Disorders. She also holds a Texas teaching certificate and is a certified PLAY Project consultant. In 2010, she began using the iPod Touch and iPad in therapy sessions. Her use of these mobile devices has expanded to include
training educators to use them in the classroom.


Webinars are fun and easy to attend right from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. All of our presentations are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions with our presenters.