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Special Education in Texas and the COVID-19 Outbreak with Justin Porter Ed.D., State Director of Special Education, Texas Education Agency

On April 22, 2020, Justin Porter Ed.D., State Director of Special Education, Texas Education Agency (TEA), discussed parent questions related to special education and the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Upcoming Webinar

Managing Negative Emotions during Social DistancingManaging Negative Emotions during Social Distancing
May 12 @ 12:15 p.m. CT

"Oh the thinks we can think”...Dr. Suess

Join us on Tuesday, May 12 @ 12:15 p.m. CT, as Dr. Malvika Behl, West Texas A&M University, discusses managing negative emotions during social distancing.

Social distancing has been hard on everyone, specifically parents. Anxiety, depression, and compassion fatigue are a mental health issue that parents might go through. The presentation will review ways in which parents can help manage their anxiety, depression, and compassion fatigue and ways in which they can get past it. Have your pen and paper ready because there will be a hands-on activity that will help with long term ways to manage our negative emotions.

Special Guest Presenter: Dr. Malvika Behl, West Texas A&M University

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Special Education in a Pandemic Quarantine Webinar
May 19, 2020 - 7 pm EST/4pm PST
Parents have so many questions about their child’s special education rights and needs in this time of quarantine. Well, GET READY to join Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge and attorneys - Pete Wright, Piper Paul, Wayne Steedman, and Jack Robinson who are here to LEAD US TOGETHER through what the laws are and how to best support your child RIGHT NOW.

Pete Wright and these amazing attorneys will answer:
🔹What is the federal law during the COVID-19 quarantine?
🔹What is compensatory education?
🔹How can parents advocate right now?
🔹The importance of data points: The how and why of evaluations and collecting data.

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Caregiver Burnout: Steps for Coping With Stress
Recognize the signs and get the help you need to reduce the toll on your body and mind.

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Stay Connected to Combat Loneliness and Social Isolation

As people age they often find themselves spending more time at home alone. This can affect your health and well-being. Learn if you might be at risk and how to stay connected.

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How to Protect Your Mental Health During ‘Social Distancing’

Social isolation is a common — and valid — concern as we head into what could be several weeks of limited access to our normal routine and in-person interaction with other people. Some may take social distancing in stride, but for most, it’s causing high degree of anxiety and anticipated loneliness. To help you relieve some of this apprehension, here are some ways to prepare and manage in order to reduce the negative emotional impact for yourself and for others.

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Lifespan Respite Programs by State
A sudden, nationwide shift to homeschooling presents special challenges for autistic learners. Here are a few ways to support their needs.

National Respite Locator

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Calm Your Anxiety with This REI Audio Track

REI Calm for Anxiety. Play this track quietly in the background:

  • Whenever you feel anxious.
  • At bedtime to fall asleep.
  • Anytime to create a calm environment. 

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2020 Children's Mental Health Awareness Events

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in cancellations of in person gatherings across the country, including Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and Day celebrations. This year, instead of posting local and state events on the national map, we are providing a list of activities and virtual events you can participate in from your own home, no matter where you live. We hope you will participate in one or more of these to help raise awareness about the importance of mental health for children and youth.

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Activities for Children, Youth and Families

You will find a variety of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week activities, worksheets and videos for children and youth. Links to additional online resources are included at the bottom of the page. 

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A Diverse Family Inc.

Their mission as an organization is to help promote the rights of Individuals with Intellectual disabilities.  We are determined to educate, motivate and assist families when dealing with HHSC, including all Waiver Services available to them.

Jai Gillard CEO

Maritza Gonzalez CFO

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Free Online Learning

Q&A with Chuck Noe – Facebook Live
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. 

PartnersTx Online Course
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.
You can register for our online courses by clicking HERE.
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!

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