Region 8 Parent Resource Newsletter

Parent Training and Information for Special Needs Students

Upcoming Parent Trainings

Human Socialization Skills Workshop

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 6pm

3222 West 7th Street

Texarkana, TX

Socialization is the process by which children and adults learn from others. In order to be successful at socialization, you must possess some self-determination skills. This workshop will define natural socialization, planned socialization, positive and negative socialization. We will discuss ways we can assist children with socialization by promoting self-determination, social skills and learning opportunities. Parents of children with disabilities must create opportunities for socialization and inclusion.

Patricia Reedy, Coordinator Partners Resource Network

Partners Resource Network -Region 8 Coordinator

For more information or to RSVP 903-747-0010 or


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.


Organizing Your Family with Free Tools from Google

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Organizing Your Family with Free Tools from Google

You know organizational skills are important to teach and model for your children, and more importantly, they can help you organize your family schedule and needs. In this session we will use free Google Tools (Google Calendar, Docs, Keep, Tasks) and learn how to organize and safely share schedules, notes, and alerts to family members. Your child may already be using Google Classroom at school, now you can learn how to guide them in scheduling, organizing, and notetaking for future success.

Please come with a Google account email address and password that you will use actively - if you know the Google email addresses of family members that will help also! If you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it with you.

Webinar ID# 60036


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Disability Rights of Texas has an accessible, mobile responsive website. They have been adding more features to their platform.

The new site has some amazing new accessibility features and content:

  • Oz Player - a fully accessible video player
  • BrowseAloud - a tool that offers translation in nearly 50 languages, screen reading in different languages, text magnification, saving content to MP3 audio files, and more (click on "Listen with Browse Aloud" at the top of any our web pages)
  • Staff Blog - now you can hear from more of our attorneys and advocates on how they are protecting and advocating for your rights
  • On Page Spanish Switcher - more pages and resources available for Spanish speakers
  • Easier Navigation - get to the information you need faster

Go to the website today and check out all the latest features!

Special Education Information Center (SpedTex)

Contact Info: 1-855-773-3839

Dr. Vicki Brantley

Region 8 Special Education Liaison