April 2021

Hi Everyone!

April has many nationals. I would like to highlight this one.

April is National Month of Hope. It's all about celebrating the power of hope — the belief that things will work out, especially when circumstances seems otherwise. There is so many great trainings for parents that have been created. I have highlighted some below. I "hope" you find the information, training and webinars beneficial.

Announcements from TEA


2021 Statewide Webinars

TEA’s COVID-19 Family Video Series These videos along with their companion documents provide information and tips for parents about the ARD Process, Complaints Process and At Home Learning. This video series is available in English and Spanish.

Straight Talk from TXCAN

The Texas CAN (Complex Access Network) provides statewide leadership and support to increase the capacity of LEAs and families to meet the needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities. Texas CAN website

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT) increases LEAs’ knowledge, understanding, and implementation of evidence-based practices that ensure the academic, functional, and behavioral needs of students with autism are met.

  • TSLAT website
  • Texas Autism Circuit website
  • Texas Autism Conference 2021-Saturday, June 26 is Family Day! Parents and caretakers are invited to join the conference on this date to view sessions focused on the home and community. This date includes our closing keynote. Better yet, presentations on this day will be presented at NO CHARGE! Register today for June 26 free access at Texas Autism Conference 2021

Transition in Texas

Texas Transition is an activity of the Student-Centered Transitions Network (SCTN) in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Parents, you are present in your child's life before, during, and after public schooling, whereas your child's teachers are only involved for a short time. Because of this, you have a very important role during your child’s transition process.


Partners Resource Network Webinar

IEP Implementation & Monitoring Tips for Parents

Knowledge is Power! Webinar Series

April 13 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
Lorna Salgado, M. Ed., Inclusive Services Consultant, Region 10 ESC

Register here.

Who is Caring for You? Self Care in an Age of COVID-19 with Sue Badeau

National Family and Support Technical Assistance Center

This webinar will help participants understand, express and cope with their emotions and create a self-care plan to develop resilience in the face of uncertainty and circumstances that change daily. April 14, 2021 2-3:30 CT

Register here.

Student, Family, Community Engagement Series: Your Tween and You

Your Tween and You Parent Series, by speaker JoAnn Schauf, MS, LLC, offers inspiring workshops that energize and lift moms and dads to build cooperation, connection, and shared goals with their children.

Connecting the Dots Expo-April 24th

The Connecting the Dots Expo is an informational fair for families of children with disabilities and special needs, their caregivers and educators as well as vendors who provide services. For more information: Connecting the Dots Expo

The Connecting the Dots Expo will be at Region 10 ESC at 400 E. Spring Valley Rd. Richardson, TX 75081. No registration needed.

Save the Date! How the Deaf Action Center Serves the Family

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Janira Benitez, Deaf Action Center, Dallas

This program will focus on local resources available for families, youth, and children through the Deaf Action Center in Dallas. Parents will learn about the Youth Education Transition Services (YETS) referral process and the important role parents play throughout this process. The Deaf Action Center is a resource for parents, youth, children, adults, and educators.

Participants must register in advance.

Registration Link

Save the Date! Auditory Impairment (AI) AI Parent Meet and Greet

Saturday, June 5, 2021


Family Weekend Retreat (FWR) is for families with deaf and hard of hearing children hosted by Statewide Outreach Center at Texas School for the Deaf. This session is for Texas families with deaf or hard of hearing children, 6 months-18 years, and their hearing siblings. For more information and registration: AI Parent Meet and Greet

Save the Date: Labeled and Loved Retreat October 2021

Labeled and Loved's mission is to embrace and strengthen families with special needs by providing connective experiences and educational resources igniting personal growth and systemic change within the community.

Labeled and Loved Retreat 2021

Region 10 Brown Bag Interagency Directory App

Welcome to the Interagency Brown Bag App

This app was created for all who need access to a range of resources and services for students and their families. Users of this app will learn more about each agency including services offered and how they are funded.