Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT!

December 2018

Parent Coordination Network

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.

ARD Buddy - A Padlet from Region 12 ESC

Welcome to ARD Buddy, the Positive Participation Platform. This Dashboard is designed to demystify the ARD Process, empower the ARD Committee Members, and amplify State and Regional Special Education Resources. Initially iterated as a tool for ARD Committee members to quickly locate SPED Resources from around the Great State of Texas, it also serves to personalize professional development and increase organizational capacity by supporting the flow of information more efficiently throughout communities, schools, and systems.

If you would like to access this information on your smartphone, download the free “Padlet” app in the app store and scan the QR Code with the QR scanner in the app. When you “like” the Dashboard in Padlet, it will save the Dashboard in your Padlet App. For the Dashboards to show up in your “liked” section of the Padlet App you will need to refresh the App by closing it and reopening it.

If you find these products helpful, please consider taking the survey on the front page of each dashboard. They take about 30 seconds to complete, and your feedback is needed for continued improvements. Remember, information is meant to flow through us not to us so don’t forget to share ARD Buddy with colleagues and friends.

For additional information or further questions, contact John Bullion, Special Education Liaison for ESC Region 12.

Low Incidence Disabilities Network

The Low Incidence Disabilities (LID) Network exists to build educator capacity in order to meet the needs of students who are severely and profoundly cognitively disabled, medically fragile, or deafblind.

This year the LID Network is focusing on Active Learning. This approach, based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen, views student development holistically, including motor, cognitive, sensory, and social/emotional skills. It is most effective for those who have significant multiple disabilities and are functioning in the 0-48 month range and focuses on supporting the learner as a more active participant in the learning environment.

The LID Network is also accepting session proposals for the Making Waves! - Low Incidence Disability Institute, upcoming on March 4-5, 2019 at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Innovation Center. The deadline for proposal submission is December 14. Contact Lottie Tomko for more information: and/or (361) 573.0731 ext. 327.

For a listing of all Special Education Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects, click here.

Procedural Safeguards & ARD Guide Available in Multiple Languages

Are you in need of the Procedural Safeguards and ARD Guide translated into a language other than English or Spanish? How about Vietnamese, French, German, or Arabic? SpedTex, the Special Education Information Center, has these resources easy accessible by clicking here.

TEA Time Podcast

TEA Time, the Texas Education Agency’s official podcast, can now be downloaded on iTunes and other major podcast subscription services. The TEA Time podcast provides information on various TEA projects, initiatives, programs and specific public education issues. Listen and subscribe to all TEA Time episodes by visiting the following links: iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn or Stitcher.

All TEA Time podcasts are also available and can be heard on the TEA website. The TEA Time podcast library continues to grow to encompass additional public education topics. Podcast episodes are added on a bi-weekly basis.

Parent Toolkit

Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. Their advice also covers important topics for navigating life after high school.

Explore resources by grade level or topics such as academics, social/emotional, health and wellness, financial literacy, and college/career.

Texas ABLE: A Savings Program for Texans with Disabilities

The Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience program was established to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities and their families in saving funds to pay for many disability-related expenses critical to maintaining the individuals’ health, independence, and quality of life. The Texas ABLE Program is established and maintained by the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board with assistance from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The Texas ABLE program was launched earlier this year.

Here are a few resources to help you determine if the Texas ABLE program is right for your child.

Reading is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to make an impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success.

Check out the Parent Resources site to discover online resources to support your child’s favorite books - activities, puzzles, videos, and much more! Also featured are:

Reading Tips for Parents and Families

Reading Activities for Parents and Caregivers

Reading is Fundamental Literacy Activities

Interactive Literacy Calendars

Books as Gifts

as published by Reading Rockets

It’s the time of year when we think of sharing with others. What’s better to share than a bit of time? And what better way to share your time than by reading books together!

Looking for book recommendations? Browse the annual book gift guide, with wonderful choices for kids 0-12 years old. Also included are science and nature books, funny stories, family stories, picture book biographies, poetry, fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels – plus the new chapter books from Kate DiCamillo, Meg Medina, Sharon Creech, and other favorite authors. You may want to download and print the PDF before you head out to the library or bookstore.

Plan now to attend the Inclusion Works! Conference

Presented by The Arc of Texas

February 10-12, 2019

Denton Embassy Suites & Convention Center

The 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference celebrates leaders that are rocking the boat to improve inclusion in Special Education. The conference will offer more than 30 sessions covering curriculum, behavioral supports in the Special Education system and an exhibit hall where attendees can see new technologies and solutions that are changing the way we all work. Participants at different stages of their careers will leave with lasing connections and new tools to rock the boat!

The Parent and Family Engagement Connection

As prepared by Region 16's Title I Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative

The Second Quarter issue of the newsletter includes articles about Helping Your Child Manage Test Anxiety, Teen Suicide, Ideas to Encourage Your Kids to Get Into the Spirit of Giving During the Holidays, Tips to Cope with Holiday Depression, Raising "Happy" Successful Children, and Improving Self-Esteem.

Read it here in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, or Korean.

Partners Resource Network

Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the federally funded Texas Parent Training and Information Centers - PATH, PEN & TEAM. All of the projects share the common purpose of empowering parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children.

How to Prepare for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

as written by Paso del Norte Children's Development Center

The holiday season is right around the corner—an exciting but challenging time for many families. The change in climate and school schedule, the gatherings and celebrations can all be overwhelming. There are several things that families can try to better prepare for such changes. Click here to access the full text of this article.

Other helpful resources to help keep the holidays happy can be found on these sites:

American Disability Association

Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Holiday Gift Ideas

Does Santa need a few hints as to holiday gift ideas for your little elf? Find the perfect toys with these gift guides:

2018 Mom Approved Gift Ideas For Special Kids (2018)

500+ Gift Ideas for a Special Needs Child {All Ages!} (2018)

Holiday Gift Guide (2018) by Ilene Miller

Special Needs Gift Guides (2017) by Orange Effect Foundation

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