Special Education April 2023
UIL Unified Champion Basketball Team wins their first State Championship!
Parents as Partners Events
April 1, 2023 12PM to 6PM Join us for the Spring Bash @ Judson Middle School. There will be Music, Food, Fun, and an Auction. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Judson ISD Special Olympics Program Thunder-Rockets! We hope to see you there!
April 4, 2023 Region 20 presents Reviewing the Parent's Guide and Procedural Safeguards from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. This is a virtual training and opportunity to discuss what questions to ask and how to clarify your concerns as it relates to your child's education. The intent is to help parents understand and prepare for ARD meetings. Please see the directions below for Region 20 if you are interested in registering for this free session. Session ID 84017
April 4, 2023 SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council): Join us via TEAMS from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm to discuss various topics related to Special Education in Judson ISD. Keep an eye out for the flyer with more information. Click here to join!
April 13, 2023 Transition Talks: Disability Supports and Services in College: Join us to learn about how to access disability support services in college. Learn your options, what you should do while you are still in high school, and what to do after you are accepted. Location to be determined. Once the meeting is held, you can also view this meeting by clicking here for the recorded video.
April 22, 2023 Transition Fair: Join us at Wagner High School from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, as we will have local agencies available to provide information to parents about services and supports for students with disabilities. More information coming soon!
April 25, 2023: Region 20 presents Transition 101: This session will be an overview of the transition process to help student's be successful after graduation from high school. The session will include: Transition assessments, annual IEP and post-secondary goals, PLAAFPS, course study, and agency links. This training is free and in person at Region 20 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Session ID 83947. See below for directions on how to register with Region 20.
How to Register for Sessions at Region 20
1. Go to www.esc20.net
2. Click on the Quick Links; then click on Connect20 Workshop Registration.
3. Click on New Users to set up a new account or Sign In if you already have an account.
4. Type in session ID# in the search box.
5. Follow the steps to register.
For help with your account, please call Registration at (210) 370-5671.
Kid and Family Events
Sensory Sensitive Sunday's at Chuck E. Cheese: Chuck E. Cheese is offering a quieter dining and entertainment experience, dimmed lighting, and a sensory--friendly arcade experience at participating locations the first Sunday of the month. Click here for more information.
Morgan's Wonderland presents an Eggstra Special Easter Festival: Saturday, April 8th from 10 am - 4 pm. In addition to the accessible rides and attractions, there will be a scavenger hunt, vendor fair, pictures with the Easter bunny, and more!! Click here for more information, including fees.
The Doseum presents Beyond Limits: Sensory Friendly Programming Spring Sun-sational: Wednesday, April 19 from 6pm to 8pm. This will be a celebration of Earth Day and Spring. Pre-registration is $7. Click here for more information.
Walk for Autism: April 22, 2023 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM at Palo Alto College: Please click here for more information and to register.
Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness in the the United States, and April 2 is World Autism Day. On this day blue is worn to show support and raise awareness for individuals with autism!
According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 44 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States, so chances are you have met some children who fall on the autism spectrum. But what is autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has specific strengths and challenges. Individuals with autism learn, think, and problem solve based on their skills. Based on their needs, some individuals may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, some live independently.
Many people with autism may have sensory processing difficulties. This is because they don't perceive the world in the same way that we do and it can become overwhelming.
We want to come together to raise awareness about autism and work to create a more inclusive world.
The attached link will give a view into Carly's world and the challenges she has expressing herself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmDGvquzn2k&feature=youtu.be
This link shows you what it can be like for an individual with with autism to walk down the street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plPNhooUUuc&feature=youtu.be
Parent ARD Tip
The ARC of San Antonio https://arc-sa.org/resources/
Developmental Norms: https://www.asha.org/slp/schools/prof-consult/norms/