Special Education Parent Resources

Texas Education Agency Resources
The documents linked here have been created as general resources for families on the topics listed.

Parent Companion First Five Year
A guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.

Texas Parent to Parent
This website provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness.

The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Contact information:

Phone: 1-855-773-3839
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Navigate Life Texas
Resources and support for families raising children with disabilities. Understanding your child's diagnosis is an essential step in developing a plan for care. Here you can learn everything, from what exactly special education is to your child's legal rights in preschool through high school. There are also programs that might help you pay for things your child needs to get through the day. You can help your child learn to take responsibility for themselves in so many ways. We're here to help your child learn to take responsibility for themselves in so many ways. We're here to help you and your child through the transition process.

Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

Visit the website for free audio ebooks.

Talking Book Program
The Talking Book Program (TBP) offers students with reading disabilities - such as dyslexia - a variety of reading materials, from Pre-K to young adult.  Digital audiobooks allow students to read the latest bestseller, or a classic book needed for a classroom assignment.

Qualified students can apply to the free program.

For more information or for questions, visit the Talking Book Program website or call 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458 in Austin.

Texas Project First
A project of the Family-to-Family Network committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.

Autism Speak
One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching. Autism Speaks' multi-year Ad Council public sevice advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Autism Society
After a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, the logical next step is to find out what kinds of services are available. Services are provided through a number of local, state and federal programs, not to mention private professionals working in the medical, nutritional, educational and therapeutic fields. Additionally, the age of the person with autism will determine where to begin the process, as a variety of agencies, including public schools, are responsible for supporting people with disabilities as they grow. Also, families and loved ones of people with autism might also wish to seek out assistance, information or guidance through support groups, conferences or other helpful venues.

The best way to start this search is with the Autism Source database, which contains listings for thousands of service providers across the nation. You should also contact your local Autism Society affiliate and find out what activities the affiliate offers in your area. (Autism Source can help you with this as well.) Making local connections is extremely important, as the autism community members who live near you will be able to recommend more convenient services.

Autism Community Network
Autism Community Network is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2008 through an initiative led by a consortium of healthcare funders concerned about the growing prevalence of autism and the rapid rise in the demand for qualified diagnostic services. After a community planning project, the agency opened its clinic to the autism community on San Antonio's underserved West Side in March 2009. The primary goals of the Autism Service Center of San Antonio are to provide early, high quality, interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment for autism service providers and families touched by autism; and comprehensive information and networking for our autism community.

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The Autism Spectrum Disorders Program serves families and professionals working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a variety of school settings. Staff development and technical assistance are available to support districts and families in achieving student success.

Training is designed to address the full range of student and district needs which include, but practices in visual strategies and other effective teaching methodologies designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, support is available to assist districts with compliance to the state requirements for extended-year programming, in-home training, and parent training.

Texas Transition
This resource is available to assist educators and families with implementing quality transition services for students with disabilities.

Texas Workforce Commission: Join us for our October Information Night on October 11, 2023 . You can also find the information on our website in Spanish.