Special Education in Texas
Need help understanding the special education process in Texas? Check out these important resources to learn more:
At Partners Resource Network (PRN), our primary, fundamental concern is protecting the well-being of members of our community and educating others on how they can be strong allies to people with disabilities through the COVID-19 outbreak.
This event, first and foremost, has all of us focused on the safety and health of our families, friends, and clients. We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing data and facts associated with COVID-19 and the impact it is having both locally and around the world.
Keeping in mind the information from medical experts, and with input from our disability community, we are putting a plan in place to minimize any possible disruption to our ability to provide services to the families of children and youth with disabilities in our state.
We are prepared to continue the high level of service you expect from us, and have taken the following steps to do so with everyone’s health and safety in mind:
- We have encouraged our staff to work remotely through the end of April.
- We are moving all previously scheduled in-person events through April 2020 to virtual platforms. Details will be available on these developments through our Regional Coordinators, website, and social media.
- Through the end of April, we are moving as much of our programming online as possible.
- In instances where it’s not possible to adapt our programming for a virtual set-up, we will be canceling or rescheduling these events until further notice.
As this situation is fluid, with information rapidly changing and updating, PRN will continuously asses the circumstances, and make changes as necessary to protect the well-being of our clients and staff.
If you participate in any of our programs, your Regional Coordinator (RC) will be in touch with you to provide you with more specifics about any upcoming events or activities you were signed up for.
We are taking these actions for one simple reason: The more people and organizations that practice social distancing over the next few weeks will make the world an overall safer place for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
Regardless of if you yourself are at high risk for COVID-19, we encourage everyone to read up on the best practices of how to be a strong ally to our friends, family members, and peers at this time.
Resources for More Information on COVID-19
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE)
Guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
- Disability Rights Texas – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools
- Disability Rights Texas – Resources, news, and other information important to people with disabilities regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- Legal FAQs on Coronavirus, School Closings, and Special Education from Understood.org
- COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities from the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools
- Tele-Intervention and Distance Learning Resources from ECTA
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times – Free online toolkit designed to help families and caregivers supporting individuals with autism during the COVID-19 epidemic. It includes user-friendly strategies, ready-made resources and examples, and links to additional supports to help families navigate this time.
- Texans Urged to Use 2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline For COVID-19 Information and Referrals
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (Available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, and Korean)
- Activities to Keep Kids Busy at Home – If kids have to stay home or activities are canceled because of the virus, it can be hard to find ways to keep them busy. Discover activities to keep kids occupied—and learning—at home from Understood.org
- How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids from Understood.org – Many kids find news about the virus upsetting or confusing. It can be especially hard for kids who have trouble processing information or managing emotions.
- Rapid Response Resources: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Policy Innovators in Education (PIE)
Need information about disabilities? You’ve come to the right place! We have a large selection of resources on disabilities as well as information on Texas support groups and other helpful organizations. Topics include:
Categories under IDEA
More Disability Resources:
Since the 1960s, there has been a virtual avalanche of federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth. Use the links below to explore several of the most influential laws:
Children & Young Adults (3 to 26 years)
The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. IDEA sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs. To learn more about these vital services, explore the topics in our resources for Children & Young Adults (3 to 26 Years):
Placement, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & Discipline
Dispute Resolution, Complaints, Mediation, Due Process
We’ve put together a collection of fact sheets on a variety of topics to help you along on your way to becoming an advocate for your child. Topics include: accommodations, disabilities, advocacy, ARD process, assistive technology, and much more. Visit the Fact Sheets page to view the full collection.
Throughout the year, our statewide team host free statewide webinars covering a variety of topics and including a Q&A session at the end. All of our webinars are free! Visit the Statewide Webinars page for information about upcoming webinars as well as recordings and resources from past webinars.
We are always looking for new ways to help parents and caregivers on their way to becoming advocates for their children. We believe the best way to meet this goal is to empower parents and caregivers through education. With this in mind, we hope the self-guided online courses will become a valuable resource on your way to advocacy. Our online courses are available at https://prntexas.com/
Independent Futures that Work!
The Independent Futures that Work! project is a joint effort of the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) in Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
The primary purpose of this 5-year project is to build the competence and confidence of young adults with disabilities in Region B-2 to access independent living and employment services so they can more successfully transition from the youth entitlement system to the adult eligibility system. Our Resource Center will also help family members and professionals improve their capacity to support these young adults with disabilities on their journey.
Visit the Independent Futures that Work! page to view the collection of resources.
School, Family, and Community Engagement Initiative
Partners Resource Network and Region 10 Education Service Center are working with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on the School, Family, and Community Engagement (SFCE) Initiative. The goal of the SFCE is to help school staff and parents build collaborative relationships and increase positive outcomes for students with disabilities.
Visit the SFCE page to learn more.
Healthy Families Resources
Learning Lab Resources
- Menu Planning Activity (PDF, 206KB) | Modelo del Plan de Alimentación (PDF, 211KB)
- Menu Planning Example (PDF, 209KB) | Modelo del Plan de Alimentación (PDF, 214KB)
- Portions Card (PDF, 490KB) | Tarjetas de Equivalencia (PDF, 417KB)
- Test Your Knowledge: Calorie Burn (PDF, 220KB) | Ponga a prueba su conocimiento: Consumo de calorías (PDF, 219KB)
- Test Your Knowledge: Portions (PDF, 337KB) | Ponga a prueba sus conocimientos: Porciones (PDF, 315KB