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Partners Resource Network PEN Project is one of three Texas Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) funded through the Department of Education. We provide free information, technical assistance and ARD support to parents of children with special needs. Our mission is to empower youth with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be effective advocates for their children and to promote positive parent/professional partnership.

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Upcoming Webinars
Dyscalculia: Mathematics Learning Disability
Causes, Characteristics, and Interventions
Special Guest Presenter: Dr. Mikyung Shin, West Texas A&M University
 
In this webinar, you’ll learn the risk factors and causes of dyscalculia, and discover the cognitive and mathematical characteristics of students with dyscalculia. Then, you’ll get examples of dyscalculia toolkits, screeners, and intensive mathematics interventions.

To register click HERE
 
PEN Project Regional Coordinators
Regions 14 & 15
Abilene & San Angelo Areas


Jamie Thomas
325.450.2774
jthomaspen@gmail.com
Region 18
Midland/Odessa Areas



Lacye Martinez
432.530.4382
lmartinezpen@gmail.com
Regions 16 & 17
Amarillo & Lubbock Areas


Stephanie McLoughlin
806.281.3495
smcloughlinpen@gmail.com
Region 19
El Paso/Hudspeth Counties


Sonia Barrozo
915.494.3925
sbarrozopen@gmail.com
PEN Project Events Schedule
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Bonnie Perez, Project Director | 915.259.8717 | bperezpen@sbcglobal.net
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Q&A with Chuck Noe – 
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Join Chuck Noe, Education Specialist for Partners Resource Network, for his bi-weekly Q&A via Facebook Live. Chuck will discuss a range of topics and answer your questions. 
https://www.facebook.com/PRNTexas/
Partners Resource Network is always looking for new ways to help parents and caregivers on their way to becoming advocates for their children. We believe the best way to meet this goal is to empower parents and caregivers through education.
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Youth Events
Youth Workshops & Trainings

The intent of these workshops and trainings is to teach youth (14 - 26 years) with disabilities how to self-advocate. 
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, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination. 

You can click HERE to sign up to receive information on upcoming events for Youth in your area!

Bank Began Hiring People With Disabilities 20 Years Ago, And It Paid Off
 

BELFAST, Maine — When Patricia Saucier was a teenager, she felt as if her life story would be defined by what she could not do.

As a child, she was diagnosed with an intellectual disability. By the time she was 16, her parents signed her up to receive Supplemental Security Income from the government. They wanted to make sure she would be financially OK, but it made her feel different — and not in a good way.

“I felt like they were saying I couldn’t do anything,” she said.

BELFAST, Maine — When Patricia Saucier was a teenager, she felt as if her life story would be defined by what she could not do.

As a child, she was diagnosed with an intellectual disability. By the time she was 16, her parents signed her up to receive Supplemental Security Income from the government. They wanted to make sure she would be financially OK, but it made her feel different — and not in a good way.

“I felt like they were saying I couldn’t do anything,” she said.

But Saucier, now 43 and living in Searsport, has found a way to rewrite her story. For 20 years, she and her twin sister, Latricia, have worked for Bank of America’s 48-person Support Services team in Belfast. Nearly 40 of the team members have an intellectual disability — the others are managers — and both sisters have thrived there. They are paid well, get along with their coworkers and like the work. Patricia Saucier was even named employee of the quarter this year.

“I love working here. Even though each of us has intellectual disabilities, the managers never talk down to us. They talk to us. They know we’re adults — we just learn differently,” Saucier said. “I wish there were more jobs like this out there.”

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Useful Articles
Youth Homelessness Resources

More than 111,000 students in Texas schools are experiencing homelessness, and at least 15% of those are without a parent or guardian. Housing instability can have significant effects on the lives of young people and compromise their ability to make a transition to a successful adulthood. Homelessness doesn’t just affect youth who find themselves without homes, it also has broader implications for the communities in which they live because of the impact on the criminal justice systems, education, and other key institutions.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUTH RIGHTS:
Helping Providers Navigate the Laws and Policies Affecting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

This guide helps youth services providers navigate the often confusing laws that apply to homeless or unaccompanied youth, in order to better serve this vulnerable population. Guidance is provided on state and federal laws around issues such as emergency shelter/housing, emancipation, public education, medical treatment, and state and federal benefits. 

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Q: What Are the Essential Components of a Good School Planner?
 

Arguably the most important things your child will learn in middle school are effective time management and organization skills. The most critical tool for building these executive functions? The right planner. Here it is.

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Functional Behavior Assessment: The Solution to Misbehavior at School

Does your child with ADHD routinely misbehave at school? Request a Functional Behavior Assessment to help identify the roots, reasons, and triggers. This will allow school administrators to create a Behavior Intervention Plan that offers effective interventions to augment your child’s IEP. 
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Home Neat Home: An ADHD Organization Plan

ADHD is not synonymous with mess. Here, professional organizer and author Lisa Woodruff offers advice for adults with ADHD on how to tackle the clutter, set up weekly systems, think beyond the to-do list, and maintain a positive mindset while making progress every day. 

>>> Visit Website

Why Teens With ADHD May Take More Risks

Teens are at an age when they naturally start to become more independent. But they may not always make the best choices. Teens with ADHD may be especially likely to take risks. It can help to be aware of this possibility and to understand what risky behavior can look like.
>>> Visit website

20 Things Every Parent of Kids with Special Needs Should Hear

1) You are not alone.
                     
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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Raising Exceptional Families with Special Needs Children

It’s a given: parenting is hard work. But when you’re raising a child with special needs, the level of care and stress is not just higher—it shifts the foundations of families and adds unimaginable complexities for everyone involved.

Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, illness, Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, and Developmental Trauma are parenting game changers. At Feeding Futures, we work in the world of exceptional families, so we know all too well how chaotic things can become when you’re caring for a child with special needs. It sounds stressful because it is, and words don’t even begin to do it justice. I know because I’ve lived it.
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Challenges and Issues for Special Needs Children

Special needs is an umbrella term for a wide array of diagnoses, from those that resolve quickly to those that will be a challenge for life and those that are relatively mild to those that are profound. It covers developmental delays, medical conditions, psychiatric conditions, and congenital conditions that require accommodations so children can reach their potentials. 

No matter the reason, the designation is useful. It can help you obtain needed services, set appropriate goals, and gain an understanding of your child and the stresses your family may face.
 

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Growth Mindset Videos: 10 TEDTalks to Share With Your Students and Children

Looking for a fabulous resource for igniting discussion about having a growth mindset with your kids? Look no further! These 10 TEDTalks are guaranteed to inspire children at school or home to reach their goals despite any difficulties or obstacles they may encounter.
I admit it, TEDTalks might just be my all-time favourite, free learning resource! But what is not to love??! Here we have ten fantastic growth mindset videos exploring important mindset themes such as stamina, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, reaching for the impossible, overcoming procrastination, striving to achieve your goals, and more, available at just the touch of a button! Love! 
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6 Tips for Developing Job Skills at Home
 

You can do a lot at home to ready your teen for her first job. Here are six tips to help teens with learning and thinking differences walk onto the job feeling confident and capable.


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Why Teens With ADHD May Take More Risks

Teens are at an age when they naturally start to become more independent. But they may not always make the best choices. Teens with ADHD may be especially likely to take risks. It can help to be aware of this possibility and to understand what risky behavior can look like.
>>> Visit website

The Family Gathering: A Survival Guide

We know from the songs and movies that holidays are supposed to be an exciting, meaningful time for families to reunite and celebrate the things we cherish. We set aside time to practice both religious rituals and family traditions, we give thanks, and, of course, later on, we give presents. But sometimes holiday gatherings are less magical and more, well, stressful.
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30 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays

If you’ve ever gotten sick, or felt rundown over the holidays, you’ve experienced the fallout of holiday stress. We could attribute it to the weather, or being around more people, but we can’t ignore that the increase of colds, illness, and fatigue over the holidays is directly connected to the stress that comes with this magical time of year.
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After meltdown ends Polar Express ride for teen with autism, conductor hand-delivers Christmas spirit
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