Partners Resource Network - PEN Project is one of four 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.

Partners Resource Network (PRN) is aware of Governor Abbott's Executive Order to remove the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits which went into effect on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. However, at this time, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not updated their COVID-19 guidelines or minimum safety protocols.  As such, PRN will maintain all of our current COVID-19 safety protocols and policies until updated guidance is released and, per the Executive Order, private businesses/organizations have the right to institute and maintain their own COVID-19 health and safety protocols regardless of the presence or absence of state or federal requirements.  We appreciate the support of our staff, families, and collaborating agencies as we seek to continue providing services in the safest manner possible. We will provide updates in the future if and when changes are made to our COVID-19 safety guidelines or protocols.
Statewide Webinars

Statewide Webinar - IEP Implementation & Monitoring Tips for Parents
April 13 @ 12:15 p.m. CT

Your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) outlines the services and supports your child will receive. Once this program is set in motion, how do you monitor how well is it working and the progress your child is making? Gather tips and strategies that can help you have meaningful involvement in your child’s IEP implementation as you collaborate with your child’s school throughout the year.


Statewide Webinar - Pathways to Successful Post-Secondary Schooling
April 20, 2021 | 12:15 p.m. CST (English) | 1:30 p.m. CST (Spanish) 
Dr. Brenda L. Barrio, University of North Texas, and Sandye Cox, Region 10 ESC, will outline crucial skills necessary for post-secondary success for students with disabilities and share resources for both students and their families.


Statewide Webinar - Caminos Hacia Una Educación Postsecundaria Exitosa
20 de Abril | 12:15 p.m. CST (Inglés) | 1:30 p.m. CST (Español)

La Dra. Brenda L. Barrio, Universidad del Norte de Texas, y Sandye Cox, Región 10 ESC, describen las habilidades cruciales necesarias para el éxito postsecundario de los estudiantes con discapacidades y comparten recursos para tanto los estudiantes como sus familia.


Statewide Webinar - IEP Planning: Tips for a Positive Evaluation and Student Support Meeting Experience
April 27 @ 12:15 pm
A Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) serves as the foundation to initiating student support services in an education setting. At times the process of requesting, and understanding an evaluation can be challenging for students and families, further complicated by developing a plan to support students based on evaluation data. During this webinar on April 27 at 12:15 p.m. CT, Dr. Michelle Simmons from West Texas A&M University’s Center for Learning Disabilities will provide an overview of critical education policy as it relates to evaluation and ARD meeting processes in Texas, and equip parents with helpful tips to successfully collaborate with student support team meeting members during the evaluation and IEP development processes. Topics covering dyslexia assessment and intervention services will be specifically addressed.

Project Webinars

ARD Process
April 6 at 6:30 pm CST
This workshop will provide an overview of the ARD process so that parents will be prepared to participate at every stage of the process. Participants will gain an understanding of the ARD meeting agenda, as well as their procedural rights and responsibilities.


Realities of Autism
April 8 at 12:00 p.m. CST
This workshop will provide parents, organizations and communities with a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We will explore signs and symptoms, who is affected, what to do when you are concerned, diagnosis, risk factors and causes, treatment categories, behavior and communication approaches, dietary approaches, medication, complementary and alternative treatments, research, facts and statistics, and economic impacts.


The Correlation between Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills
April 9 at 12:00 p.m. CST
Join Brooke Lau as she discuss with us the prerequisite skills needed for starting handwriting with kids, the physical aspects of handwriting, common problems, handwriting curriculums, as well as handwriting modifications and adaptations.

Texas Autism Supplement
April 13 at 12:00 p.m. CST
This workshop will introduce the eleven strategies that must be considered for educational programming for students with autism in Texas public schools. Participants will be provided with tools & tables for individualized development of these eleven strategies.

Best Practices in School Based Education
April 13 at 6:30 p.m. CST 
This workshop is designed to give parents an understanding of what “data based” decision making is and how it impacts their child’s education program. The goal of this workshop is to prompt all parents to ask the school to prove that the programs their children are being educated with is “effective”, based on data.

Overview of Medicaid Services
April 14  at 10:00 a.m. CST
Join Shelly Bailey as she discusses transportation, enrollment process and the differences between the health plans, Texas Health Steps check-ups (schedules and importance), and answer questions about recent changes in transitioning Medicaid for those turning 21 due to COVID-19. Additionally, Shelly will be answering questions regarding Texas Medicaid Waivers

Trastorno de Deficiencia de Atención e Hiperactividad (ADHD, por sus siglas en inglés)
Abril 16 a las 10:00 a.m. MST

Este taller proveerá un panorama general sobre el Trastorno de Deficiencia de Atención e Hiperactividad (ADHD) y cómo los padres pueden obtener ayuda adicional para sus hijos en la escuela pública. La charla abordará la definición de los tipos de ADHD; por qué el diagnóstico es importante; sus posibles causas, y sugerencias sobre cómo ayudar a su hijo a aprender conductas nuevas y apropiadas.


Coffee and Chat: Solving the Employment Puzzle for Youth with Disabilities
April 21 at 10:00 a.m. CST

This workshop will provide parents and youth with practical, hands-on strategies to help reach a student’s employment-related transition goals. Participants will learn about post-secondary services that are available and how to obtain them.

Potty Training Protocols and Modifications for All Ages
April 21 at 11:00 a.m. MST

This 1 hour webinar will provide scientifically verified strategies to introduce to your child before, during, and after initiating a Potty Training Schedule. We will provide prerequisites to consider when to begin potty training, strategies to aid in everyone’s success, and ideas to help generalize the newly learned skills to other caregivers and environments in order to keep everyone motivated during Potty Training Time.


Potty Training Protocols and Modifications for all Ages
April 22 at 7:00 p.m. MST

This 1 hour webinar will provide scientifically verified strategies to introduce to your child before, during, and after initiating a potty training schedule. We will provide prerequisites to consider when to begin potty training, strategies to aid in everyone’s success, and ideas to help generalize the newly learned skills to other caregivers and environments in order to keep everyone motivated during Potty Training Time.


Embrace Differences Support Group
April 27 at 12:00 p.m. CST

This is a support group for families of children with different abilities. We will meet monthly for a time of conversation and to learn about local resources in the community.
“”Where acceptance and support abound.””

REGISTER    April 27 at 12:00 p.m. CST
REGISTER    April 27 at 7:30 p.m.  CST

April 30 at 10:00 a.m. MST
This workshop will provide an overview of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how parents can obtain additional assistance for their child in the public school setting. The discussion will also include a definition of the types of ADHD, why diagnosis is important, possible causes, and suggestions for helping the child learn new and appropriate behaviors.

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  IEP Clinics

What is an IEP Clinic?

An IEP Clinic is a designated 1 HOUR appointment time to meet with your PEN Project Regional Coordinator. There are different ways your Regional Coordinator may assist you at an IEP Clinic. Some ways are: 

  • To learn what the ARD process is like, 
  • To review your child’s IEP, 
  • Help you determine what you want for your child and how to achieve it, 
  • Help you understand what your rights are under IDEA.

Call, text or email your Regional Coordinator to schedule your appointment!


IEP Clinic with Lacye Martinez - Region 18
April 1 starting at 10:00 a.m. CST
325.450.2774 |


IEP Clinic with Darrell Ryan - Region 9
April 1 starting at 9:00 a.m. CST
940.435.1222 |


IEP Clinic with Jamie Thomas - Regions 14 & 15
April 6 starting at 10:00 a.m. CST
325.452.2774 |


IEP Clinic with Melissa Morphis- Regions 16 & 17
April 20 starting at 10:00 a.m. CST
806.281.3495 |


IEP Clinic with Valarie Estrada - Region 12
April 21 starting at 9:00 a.m. CST
254.275.1362 |

Facebook Live Q&A with Chuck Noe, Education Specialists.

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World Autism Awareness Day – April 2, 2021
The first historical appearance of the word “Autism” was made in 1911 by the psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who used the term to describe a specific cluster of symptoms that were considered simple symptoms of schizophrenia as an extreme social withdrawal. Continue reading

TEA’s Supplemental Special Education Services
Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) are online accounts for eligible parents/caregivers of students with significant and complex disabilities that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures. Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the online accounts to obtain special educational resources and supplies and/or services such as additional speech therapy or other specific services. SSES credits are up to $1,500 per student to be used to supplement what otherwise happens in school to help students continue to make educational progress. Continue reading

Month of the Military Child 2021
MCEC® is proud to recognize all military-connected children this April during Month of the Military Child. Each year we join our country in celebrating the resiliency of military-connected children for their tremendous service and sacrifice at home in the U.S. and overseas. Visit website

Does the school have to reschedule the ARD meeting if I can’t attend?
Yes. Schools must give enough advance notice for parents to have the opportunity to attend their child’s ARD meeting. They must also schedule the meeting at a mutually agreed upon time and place.
If you receive a notice that your child’s ARD meeting has been scheduled at a time when you are not available to attend, let the school know as soon as possible. Explain why you can’t attend (perhaps a work or family commitment). You may also want to give the school some alternate dates and times when you can attend. Continue reading

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families. Visit website

Everything you need to know about pediatric occupational therapy
Occupational therapists play an important role in our communities as they work to enable patients to engage in the meaningful activities of daily life. They step in when a person's ability to live independently is disrupted by illness or injury. With the goal of helping their patients lead more independent and active lives, occupational therapists will often specialize in working with a specific patient group, such as older adults, individuals with mental illness or children and youth. Continue reading

Autism: What It Is and What It Isn’t
 is frightening. It brings to mind a child that not only has physical or cognitive disabilities but also cannot relate to and join normal society. There is a tremendous lack of understanding about the ASD spectrum which leads to compounding the fears of the average parent. Continue reading

How I learned to be OK with things just being OK
Like many parents, I wasn’t sure how things would turn out when the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close. But here I am.
I figured learning online would be a lot for most kids — but especially for my 10-year-old son who has trouble with sensory processing. The closures created changes to the daily routine we both had come to rely on. Uncertainty was all around us, and there was nothing we could do to change it. Continue reading

Stop forcing older students out of high school mid-year
LAST SPRING, high schoolers everywhere missed out on important rites of passage. Proms, graduations, “senior skip days” and other cherished traditions all ground to a halt. The impossible circumstances of COVID-19 reminded us that school is more than academics. It’s a social experience where youth develop a sense of self, hone their interests, and find community. Continue reading

Knowledge is Power! What You Need to Know About Special Education

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