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Partners Resource Network TEAM Project is one of four 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 and support Texas families and individuals impacted by disabilities or special health care needs




Visit our website PRNTEXAS.ORG to view the job description.

Please send your cover letter and resume to prnteamjobs@gmail.com

For more infomation contact Project Director, Alejandra Barger, at 832-720-2127

Join us November 12 at 12pm CST to learn more about ABLE Accounts.
 
There are many decisions to be made as you prepare for the future of your special needs family member. Living with a disability is often associated with significant amounts of extra costs. That’s why individuals and families can now contribute to ABLE accounts — tax-advantaged savings accounts that can fund disability expenses.

 


BUILDING INCLUSION
November 13 
6pm - 8pm MT


 
New Mexico's PTI, Parents Reaching Out, and Partners Resource Network  bring you an evening with speakers Adam Shand and Jen Donelli (Parents Reaching Out). They will be providing tools and resources for learning what true inclusion is, its impact on those around you, how to use inclusive language, and ways to create inclusion in your community and workplace."

 
 
 
Special Education & COVID-19: What Has Changed & what Has Stayed the Same

November 17 | 12pm CT
 
Angel Crawford, Disability Rights Texas, discusses if and how COVID-19 and virtual learning affect the special education processes from initial evaluation to transition services. Topics to be covered include requesting an evaluation, how services are provided in-person vs. virtually, and how to help your child be successful by participating in the development of your child’s IEP to include transition planning.
 

To view all of PRN events scheduled across Texas,  please click HERE...
 
We have also gathered a great number of resources/information regarding COVID-19, click  HERE... to view them.
Ed Department Says Transition Services Must Continue During Pandemic

Federal officials are reminding schools and vocational rehabilitation agencies of their responsibility to work together to help students with disabilities transition to adulthood, even amid the pandemic.  In a letter this week to special education and vocational rehabilitation administrators across the nation, officials from the U.S. Department of Education said that while the coronavirus might alter how things are done, the expectations for transition remain.  Continue Reading...

Betsy DeVos Tells States Not to Expect Waivers From Annual Tests

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has informed states that they should not count on getting the same waivers from federal testing mandates for this school year that they got last spring as the pandemic shut down schools.

In a Thursday letter to chief state school officers, DeVos said that these annual, summative assessments in English/language arts, math, and science are "at the very core" of the bipartisan agreement behind the Every Student Succeds Act, the main federal K-12 education law. And at a time when vulnerable students have been hurt the most by the pandemic, such tests are "among the most reliable tools available to help us understand how children are performing in school."  Continue Reading...


Bridging Distance for Learners With Special Needs

As summer transitions to fall, millions of students began the new school year the same way they ended the last: physically separated from the teachers and staff who are crucial to their academic success.

For English-language learners and students with physical or learning disabilities, the indefinite shift to distance learning poses even more challenges.  Continue Reading...


Students Create Job Platform For People With Developmental Disabilities

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Bethel University senior Ben Hernes and his sister Anna Substad, a 2019 Bethel graduate, are preparing to launch a platform that will help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities jump-start their careers.

The online job board, called RecruitABLE, will offer individuals with IDD creative ways to showcase their talents and expertise beyond a traditional resume or cover letter.  Continue Reading...


5 ways to help students with disabilities who struggle with online learning

The change from learning in person to learning remotely has had an impact on all students, but that impact may be greater for students with disabilities.

Educators to consider taking the following steps if they notice a student struggling with remote instruction.

Continue Reading...

Viernes, Noviembre 13

8:30-9:30 "Empresariales Para Personas con Discapacidad" - Thomas D’Eri, Cofundador, COO, Rising Tide Car Wash

9:30-10:00 "Prospectiva del Proveedor: Oportunidades Empresariales Para Personas con Descapacidad" - El Grupo del Hub Houston

10:15-11:00 "Manejando Sus Beneficios Y Trabajo" - Andy Hardwick, Especialista en Asuntos Publicos, Administracion de Seguro Social

11:15-12:00 "Iniciativas de Empleo en Houston" - Gabe Cazares, Director, Oficina del Alcalde de Houston Para Personas con Discapacidades

Thursday, November 12

9:00-10:00 "Perspective on Hiring People with Disabilities" - David Quilleon, Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development and Operations, Best Buddies International

10:15-11:00 "What it Takes to Be Work Ready" - Austin Hansen, Self-Advocate & Transition Specialists Panel

11:15-12:00 "Finding Your Path to Employment" - Michael Gutierrez, Special Projects Manager, Employer Services Division, Workforce Solutions & Anna Kluth, Student HireAbility Navigator, Workforce Solutions

12:45-1:30 "Policy and Advocacy in Employment for Texas" - Ginger Mayeaux, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, The Arc of Texas

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Do you need assistance with:
  • Learning what the ARD process is like
  • Reviewing your child’s IEP
  • Helping you determine what you want for your child and how to achieve it
  • Understanding what your rights are under IDEA
We can help with all of the above and much more. Call your Regional Coordinator today to schedule your FREE one-on-one meeting.

If you live in or around:
  • Rio Grande Valley - contact Maria Cordero at 956-477-9526
  • Austin - contact Veronica Alvarez at  512-969-1848
  • San Antonio  - contact Magaly Diaz at 210-632-4045
Necesita ayuda con:
  • Saber como es el proceso de ARD
  • Revisar el IEP de su hijo
  • Ayuda para determinar lo que quiere para su hijo y cómo lograrlo
  • Entender cuáles son sus derechos bajo la ley de IDEA
Podemos ayudarle con todo lo mencionado y con mucho más! Llame hoy a su Coordinadora Regional para programar su cita. Todos nuestros servicios son GRATUITOS.

Si vive en o alrededor de:
  • Rio Grande Valley - contacte a Maria Cordero al 956-477-9526
  • Austin - contacte a Veronica Alvarez al 512-969-1848
  • San Antonio - contacte a Magaly Diaz al 210-632-4045
NCWD/Youth focuses on young teens and helps them to learn how to cope with their disability and find their place in the workforce. The group also teaches kids to access the education they need. Once the young adults are able to achieve their educational and employment goals, NCWD/Youth works to assist them with living as independently as possible.

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

 

The Special Ed Advocate

Preparing for IEP Meetings: Organize Your Child's Special Ed File and Manage Documents. HERE


COVID-19 Support: Special Education
 

TEA Guidance: Compensatory Services - Summer 2020 - YouTube.  HERE

 

This toolkit helps make sense of an often confusing system and educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs on how to get the best special education, services and resources available to them.

https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/Special-Education-Toolkit


Did you know that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows individualized education program (IEP) teams (in Texas, this team is called the ARD committee) to use “alternative means of meeting participation, such as video conferences and conference calls” (34 CFR §300.328)? No matter the format of the meeting, all required participants - including parents - should be present and/or appropriately excused from the meeting [if mutually agreed upon in writing; 34 CFR §300.321(e)(2)].

Download this great and useful factsheet HERE.
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