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New Parent Resources in Texas

Parent Companion

Raising a child diagnosed with a disability can be overwhelming. You are not alone.

The Parent Companion - First Five Years is a website that connects Texas parents of children from birth through 5 years of age to information, inspiration, and resources. The site is intended as a guide through the complex world of services and everyday scenarios you encounter when raising a young child with a disability. Find what you need when you need it. The Parent Companion offers a custom search function to narrow down the abundant resources available to you.

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The Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) delivers accurate and timely answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Our purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals. SPEDTex provides supportive state-wide leadership that promotes collaboration, meaningful communication and participation in the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities.
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Parent Handbook for Special Education

Parent Organizations Academy

LiveBinder - January 2015

The Parent Coordination Network and Texas Education Agency Division of Federal and State Education Policy host an annual Parent Organizations Academy. The purpose of the Academy is to ensure parent organization representatives have timely and accurate information to provide to the families they serve.

This online binder contains handouts and information shared at this year's Parent Organizations Academy:

- Person-Centered Planning

- Guardianship and Alternatives

- Texas Success Initiative

- Adapted Physical Education Ideas

- Parent Companion Website

- Parent Handbook

- State Facilitated Individualized Education Program (FIEP)

- Legal Framework

Helping Your Child at Home

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State Assessment Information

Introduction to STAAR A - A Guide for Parents

What is STAAR A? STAAR A is an online accommodated version of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). The passing standards for STAAR A are the same as STAAR assessments. STAAR A provides embedded supports designed to help students with disabilities access the content being assessed. STAAR A will be administered for the first time in spring 2015 and will be available for students with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements.

Click Here for the Parent Guide.

Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Upcoming Events

Statewide Conferences

The Texas Project FIRST website maintains a thorough list of upcoming conferences and events across the state.

Please Click Here for upcoming events.

Helpful Tools

What You Need to Know about My Child

Please Click Here for a tool that parents can use to communicate with school staff, parent representatives, and other individuals about important information regarding their child with a disability.

20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

Keeping Students with Disabilities in School:

Legal Strategies and Effective Educational Practices for Preventing the Suspension of Students with Disabilities -

A Resource Manual for Parents and Professionals

3 Tips for Partnering with Your Child's School

School is probably where your child will spend most of his time other than home. These tips can help school personnel feel like they are part of your team.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living. This guide will continually be updated.

English Version

Spanish Version

Inspiration Corner

"I live a very fulfilling life."

This is the story of Dick & Rick Hoyt, the most inspirational father and son team to race in an Ironman.

Dick & Rick Hoyt

Additional Statewide Resources

Texas Project FIRST

Created by parents, for parents...
this web site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities.

Facilitating IEPs- Region 13 ESC

Facilitation Training:
  • enhances the skills of all ARD/IEP team members,
  • encourages positive parent and school relationships,
  • improves the quality of IEPs and other documents developed by the team, and
  • promotes greater commitment to follow-through on decisions and recommendations.

The Parent Involvement Connection- Region 16 ESC

The mission of the Title I Statewide School Support and Family and Community Engagement Initiative is to fulfill the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements for statewide school support and parental involvement in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency.

Legal Framework- Region 18 ESC

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process is a template that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic. It empowers those who use it to be able to provide to every child the benefits of a free appropriate public education. Schools may use the Legal Framework as:
  • A reference in managing the special education system’s procedures and records,
  • Ensure accountability,
  • Access relevant special education data, and
  • Manage system change for continuous student performance and program improvement.

Mental Health Resources

Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health

Tools for Families and Schools

National Institute on Mental Health

Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.


As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help.

Healthy Place America's Mental Health Channel

At, we know that parenting can be a rewarding and sometimes tough job, but parenting a child with mental health concerns brings its own special challenges and can be extraordinarily difficult and stressful at times for parents and other members of the family.