Special Programs & Services News
Message from the Team:
In the Fall of 2020, our team received recommendations from our community outlined in the COPIA consulting report. As a continuous improvement district we got right to work on implementing all 7 recommendations outlined. In response we launched teams of parents, students and staff to provide actions for improvement. Improved and transparent communication was one of the top priorities from these teams. In last month’s newsletter I shared our department vision video that was a direct result of the work of these recommendation teams. We are proud to share 3 new documents with you as we continue to provide resources and clear communication to our community.
We encourage you to bookmark these documents as a reference for you as we partner together to provide the best support possible for your child.
Executive Director of Special Programs and Services
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars!
- Thursday, Feb. 10th -Transition to Adulthood
- Wednesday, Feb. 16th - Navigating Special Programs
- Tuesday, Feb. 22nd - Autism Family Support Group
- Wednesday, Feb. 23rd - Autism Parent Training
- Wednesday, Mar. 2nd - AAC Family Chat
- Friday, Mar. 4th - Coffee Chat
February is American Heart Month! An easy way to a healthy heart is getting up and moving around! Check out some simple exercises that our Adapted PE team has put together!
Work Your Heart - Roll a dice and complete the corresponding exercise
- 1 2 3 Workout - This is an activity for the whole family! Everyone should pick one of the numbered hearts. After choosing your heart, click on it and it will take you to a corresponding exercise. Each exercise is 30 seconds. This is a fun way to shuffle your exercise routines.
- 25 Ways to Get Moving - Fun dances, games, and exercises to get your family moving.
Self-Determination Skill of the Month
Meet Our Homebound Team
Leander Lazer's Spirit Night
Destination...Life Transition Fair & Conference
The Destination…Life Regional Transition Fair and Conference helps Central Texas families prepare and support their student(s) with disabilities for life beyond high school. Families can expect to gather information and gain access to experts on how to help their student(s) with disabilities ranging from early childhood through high school to successfully transition to adulthood. This year the event will be held virtually on Saturday March 5th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Supplemental Special Education Services Grant
We wanted to let you and your family know of an exciting opportunity for you. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created a program called Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES). This program is designed to help families throughout the COVID pandemic. Students who are currently enrolled in a Texas public school and who are served by special education qualify. We have determined that your student/family will likely qualify for the SSES Program.
SSES provides $1,500 per eligible student. If awarded an account, families of eligible students can use these on-line accounts to obtain special educational materials and resources, such as: tutoring for all subjects , educationally related services (such as occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), speech services, applied behavior analysis (ABA)), textbooks, curriculum or other instructional materials, computer hardware, software, or other technological devices that are used for educational needs.
This is a first-come first-served one-time $1,500 grant and spaces are limited, apply today. If you have already applied or received an SSES grant, you will not be able to apply again.