Special Programs & Services News

September 2022

Message from the Team:

Welcome Back Families,

Our Special Programs team is excited to return to serving students for the 2022-2023 school year! We hope your student has had a great first few days back to school! Our team proudly serves students in the areas of Special Education, Section 504, Homebound services, and Response to Intervention. This year we are looking forward to continued partnerships with our families, honoring student voice and choice and supporting students with building independence.

We have been hard at work in improving our resources to support you in navigating Special Programs. Check out our latest Essential Resources:

Monthly, we will send Special Programs newsletters to provide you with insight into how you can support your child’s needs at home and in the community. We will continue having our parent education events where you have the opportunity to build relationships with our teams, other parents and ask questions. We look forward to highlighting our students and staff as well!

Welcome back! Here’s to a great year!

Kimberly Waltmon

Executive Director of Special Programs and Services

In This Issue

The September Newsletter contains information about Parent Education Events, Staying Connected, Child Find, Community Resources, and Important Notes.

Parent Education Events

We are moving our parent meetings back to in-person! For the first time ever, we will be hosting all of our parent meetings in one place. From 6:00pm - 8:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month, we will be meeting at Reed Elementary School. You will have the opportunity to attend multiple parent sessions. Each session will run for 30 minutes. For those of you who are unable to attend in-person, we will continue to hold our Coffee Chats virtually. Our Coffee Chats will remain opportunities for you to ask questions to leaders from a variety of Special Programs departments. All session presentations will be housed on the Parent Meeting Archive for asynchronous access.

Save the Dates:

Family Education Night

  • September 21, 2022

  • October 19, 2022

  • November 16, 2022

Coffee Chats

  • September 23, 2022

  • October 21, 2022

  • November 19, 2022

Staying Connected

To stay updated with Special Programs News be sure you are enrolled in one of our Remind classes. We will limit the number of messages to 1 a week!

  • Special Education Elementary: @spedelem22 This class is for parents of students in elementary who have an IEP.

  • Special Education Secondary: @spedsec22 This class is for parents of students in middle or high school who have an IEP.

  • Special Programs Autism: @sprogaus22 This class is for parents of students with Autism.

  • Special Programs 504: @sprog50422 This class is for parents of students who have a 504 plan.

Please remember to turn your notifications on!

Department Spotlight

Tammy Rodriguez, Monica Kaloustian, and Evelyn Bosonac are the 3 wonderful, hardworking members of our Child Find department! The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age for their possible need for special education and related services. If you are concerned your child may be learning, playing or interacting differently from others, you can call our office at 512-570-0350 or fill out the student information form. Child Find is a free referral and information service available through local education agencies and Service Center Region XIII. Referrals can be initiated by parents, educators, physicians, and outside agencies (ex. therapists, ECI, etc.). You can learn more details about Child Find and the referral process by visiting our website.


Have you heard about the LISD Special Programs Parent Advisory Council (SPPAC)? We recently sent out a smore to search for our inaugural PAC members. Membership submissions will close on Friday, September 9th. All general council applications will be accepted. LISD administrators will review executive council membership applications throughout September and applicants will be notified by Sept 30th. SPPAC meetings will begin in October 2022.

SELF Program Tours

Skills for Enhancing Lifelong Fulfillment, commonly referred to as SELF, is one of our 18+ Transition Services. SELF helps students gain the skills needed for a meaningful, sustainable, and viable life in the community. Our Transition team is hosting SELF and 18+ tours this school year. If you are interested in learning more about the programs, view the flyer and RSVP.


Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)+ Medically Fragile is a new resource offered through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). SSES+ differs from the original SSES program as families will be able to use these funds to purchase goods or services that help her students access public school and/or health related services at home. This program also starts funds at $5,000 dollars instead of being limited to a cap of $1,500. SSES+ families are able to request additional funds from TEA depending on their needs. All funding for this program is separate from the original SSES program. Visit the SSES+ webpage to learn more about the program, who qualifies as medically fragile, and how to apply for funds.

Important Notes

International Sign Languages Day

September 23rd is International Sign Languages Day! Did you know that there are about 300 different sign languages? This day was created to celebrate and pay homage to all of the amazing languages that are used by deaf communities all around the world. To learn more about International Day of Sign Languages you can visit the United Nations webpage. Remember to do your part and spread awareness about International Sign Languages Day!

Self-Determination Skill of the Month

Decision Making is all about weighing consequences and making a choice. You can help your student learn to make decisions by allowing them to have choices during everyday activities. These activities can be simple tasks such as choosing their clothes, activities, or snacks. View the poster of the month to learn more about decision making at home. You can also visit our Self-Determination page to explore the other skills.