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Partners Resource Network - PEN Project is one of three Texas Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) funded through the U.S. Department of Education. We provide free information, technical assistance and ARD support to parents of children with special needs.
Our mission is to empower and support Texas families and individuals impacted by disabilities or special health care needs.

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Zoom: Evaluating Children for the Presence of a Disability
October at 1 p.m. CST
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Youth Leadership Training Part 3! - Midland/Odessa/San Angelo/Abilene
October 3 at 11 a.m. CST
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Positive Behavior Interventions
October 7 at 11 a.m. CST
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Medicaid Waivers
October 14 at 12 p.m. MST

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Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
October 21 at 10 a.m. MST

Contact Desiree Carino | 915.494.3925 for more information
ARD Process
October 22 at 12 p.m. CST
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Youth Leadership Training!
October 24 at 9 a.m. MST
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Kickboxing ! Youth Peer-to-Peer Group
October 27 at 6 p.m. CST
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The Importance of Self-Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities
Self-Advocacy is about how individuals speak up for themselves.  Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem-solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.
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"I Can" and "I Did" - Self-Advocacy for Young Students with Developmental Disabilities
Self-advocacy and self-determination include the abilities to select personal goals, plan steps toward goals, assess one's progress, make choices, and self-monitor and self-evaluate one's behaviors. These are important skills in both current and future environments.
 
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Rights and Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law that ensures certain rights for children with disabilities and their families. Parents have a certain role to play in the process of getting children the help they need. Find out what parents of children with disabilities can expect in this list of rights and responsibilities.
 
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20 Things Every Parent of Kids with Special Needs Should Hear
There may not be anyone else with the same constellation of symptoms as your child but there are people with similar challenges. Find those people. I have never met anyone with all of these same challenges as my kid but I have a strong network within each separate diagnosis. We have made wonderful friends and have found—and I hope provided—a great deal of support within each of these. I just have to pop onto one of my Facebook groups and I’m immediately reminded, I’m not alone.
 
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40 Fall Games - Outdoor Autumn Fun for Kids
Enjoy these Outdoor Fall Games for Kids this season! Autumn is the best time to get outside & play some fun Fall games for kids!  So many things come to mind when the Autumn weather arrives -- getting outside more often now that it's cooler, helping the kids with their homework, football and fall holidays!

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60 Fall Crafts Your Kids Can Make
Looking for a few fun, easy fall crafts for kids to try this year? Look no further! Truthfully, the Fall crafts are nearly endless, mainly thanks Thanksgiving and Halloween. There are plenty of Thanksgiving crafts for kids and even more easy Halloween crafts for kids. But even outside of the holidays, we have a feeling the gorgeous colors, cozy scents, and nostalgia-inducing sounds of the season will inspire you and your kids to create something truly beautiful. 
 
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Kids Crafts for Special Days in October
October is great time for crafting with kids. The weather is getting crisp and the days are getting shorter. Fall has arrived, and with it tons of crafting opportunities. Here at Fun Family Crafts, we have over 11,000 fun craft tutorials for kids of all ages! You’re sure to discover your perfect October craft.

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Perspectives / Making Space for Learning Differences
Inspired by Barbara Boroson's book recommendations for "championing difference", I've been reading Sharon Draper's young adult novel Out of My Mind (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010), which is told from the perspective of a quirkily intelligent 5th grader named Melody Brooks who has cerebral palsy.

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Doing Your Homework
How to Organize a Successful Parent Group

Parents in in our district want to organize a group to become more effective advocates for our children. Our district always say they have no funds to implement programs to improve education. The teachers want to help but are stifled and frustrated by the "lack of funding' excuses.
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“Redesigning the Employment Narrative”
The dawn of the disability rights movement brought forth the entrance of the disability community onto the scene of the rigid modern-day workforce. This work structure was not built with disability in mind. Workers with disabilities had to conform to this structure and ask for accommodations in hopes that they would be accepted rather than just work alongside their non-disabled peers.
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Navigating Thanksgiving With Your Picky Eater
It’s so easy for us as parents to come into this holiday with unrealistic eating expectations for our children,” said Crystal Karges, a registered dietitian nutritionist who focuses on mothers and families in San Diego. “To adults, Thanksgiving feels monumental, but to our kids, it’s just another meal.” Here’s how to manage everyone’s expectations, so you and your children can relax and enjoy the day.
 
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Thanksgiving Feeding Tips For Special Needs Kids
We’ve been getting ready for the holidays, decorating our clinics with our holiday crafts! We’ve had a lot of parents ask us about the holidays because holidays are exciting, but sometimes they present challenges for our sensory kids.

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Download: Back-to-School Update for Families to Give to Teachers
Use this one-page download to update the teacher on how your child is doing. Your child’s new teacher wants to know things like:

  • Was distance learning super stressful?

  • Did any loved ones get sick or lose their job during the pandemic?

  • How has racial injustice impacted your child?
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21st Virtual Annual Conference for Parents on Autism
Key note speaker, Daniel S. Durany, will be discussing Autism & Employment, as well as Autism & Dating. Register at www.autismsocietyep.org or call 915-772-9100 for more information.
Meet Dan Durany, guest speaker for the 21st Annual Virtual Autism Conference!! October 17th. Register at www.autismsocietyep.org! $15 per person.
Space is limited. Register today!

Daniel Durany is a 2006 graduate from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies. Daniel volunteers with FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) and pioneered a local adult Asperger’s Support Group. He makes public speaking appearances at autism conferences and school districts around Dallas-Fort Worth. Daniel brings an enthusiastic perspective about Aspergers during his time in school, job world, and dating/relationships to share with parents, professionals, and others with his condition. His presentation discusses his childhood struggles in school, transitioning experience from high school-to-college, and approaches to help others similar with his condition. In spring 2013 Daniel was appointed by the Governor to serve the State of Texas on The Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Learning Objectives for Participants:
  • Grasp deeper understanding of what life is like living with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)
  • Defining and explaining the unique cognitive patterns of people with AS
  • Devising strategies to improve cognitive processing and problem solving techniques
  • Recognizing some of the unique social patterns associated with AS
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Facebook Live Q&A with Education Specialists, Chuck Noe
Monday, September 14 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
Monday, September 28 @ 12:15 p.m. CT

Join Chuck live @ http://www.facebook.com/prntexas

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Bonnie Perez Ramirez, Project Director
O: 915.259.8717 | M: 915.471.0093 
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