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SPEDTex Information, Updates & Resources (October 2021)

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What is IDEA?

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as Child Find in this fact sheet shared by Texas Education Agency (TEA). Click here

Transitioning to Life After High School

We all want our children to be successful in school and in life. For students receiving special education services, the word “transition” means a set of activities intended to help them transition to life after high school. Click here to access activities shared by the Student-Centered Transitions Network that can help support your child's transition to life after high school.

Minimize Behavior Disruptions in the Home

Using positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) at home on a daily basis is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines. Click here to learn more about supporting your child's social and emotional growth and how to minimize behavioral disruptions in the home.

Special Education Abbreviations and Acronyms

As you work through the special education process, you will encounter many acronyms and abbreviations. Learn more about some the most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in this fact sheet shared by Partners Resource Network (PRN). Click here
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Special Education updates with Dr. Justin Porter

Justin Porter Ed. D, State Director of Special Education, Texas Education Agency, discusses parent questions and concerns related to the new school year and special education.
Special Education Updates with Dr Justin Porter
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Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) Overview for Parents

Gather more information about what is Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES), who qualifies and how to use SSES funds in the brief video shared by TEA.
Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) Parent Webinar Overview
Please keep in mind that the new eligibility criteria for the Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) will begin on Nov. 1, 2021. $1,500 one-time grants will be available to parents of eligible PreK-12th grade students served by special education. Visit SSES.TEA.TEXAS.GOV or contact SPEDTex at 1-855-773-3839 for more details.

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About SPEDTex

SPEDTex provides information and resources that can help you understand your child’s disability, your rights and responsibilities under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and facilitate collaboration that supports the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities in our State.