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December Edition of the Region 4 Parent Coordination Network SHOUT OUT! Edition of the Region 4 Parent Coordination Network SHOUT OUT!2018-12-12T19:17:03Z<div class="ExternalClass06586D30B278434C8F1579A78904D970"><p>​<a href="">Newsletter</a></p></div>
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Restrictive Environment (LRE)2018-11-28T16:27:33Z<div class="ExternalClass265A722B8A6A4B6AB23AF6B172C5CB3E"><p>​<a href="">Video</a></p></div>
November Edition of the Region 4 Parent Coordination Network SHOUT OUT! Edition of the Region 4 Parent Coordination Network SHOUT OUT!2018-11-08T16:46:24Z<div class="ExternalClassBF4BCD0A5E2641A09AC72008CD6AAACB"><p>​The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely informaiton to assist in making informed decisions in their children's education.</p><p><a href="">Newsletter</a><br></p></div>
Region 4 Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT! 4 Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT! 2018-09-18T17:24:49Z<div class="ExternalClass84BD64E38D6B4B02AD492F658605A7F1"><p>The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.</p><p><a href="">Newsletter</a></p><p> </p></div>
Supporting Students who have Experienced Natural Disasters Students who have Experienced Natural Disasters2017-09-25T19:03:52Z<div class="ExternalClass918C57A19F4C40F3BB46FF3D98A84BBA"><p>​Resources for Students with disabilities who have experienced natural disasters.</p><p><a href="/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Resources%20for%20Supporting%20Students%20who%20have%20Experienced%20Natural%20Disasters.pdf">Resources</a></p></div>
Community Opportunity for Students with Disabilities: Rice Owls Special Needs Awareness Day Opportunity for Students with Disabilities: Rice Owls Special Needs Awareness Day2017-09-06T19:57:15Z<div class="ExternalClass838D3DD7A8D9411DAEB58514208C4E5D"><p>​On Saturday, November 25, 2017, Rice University is hosting their last home football game against the University of North Texas.  Rice University is complementing the students' ticket and offering a discounted price for friends and family.  Some students will have the chance to take part in "Anthem Buddies", which will allow them to stand on the field during the national anthem.</p><p>For more details, click on <a href="/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Special%20Needs%20Awareness%20SNA.jpg">Rice Football</a>.</p></div>
Kicking Off Communication Off Communication2017-04-10T17:40:13Z<div class="ExternalClass12348A45708C4D68966DE8C2B233534B"><p>​Please join us for an exciting evening about language, listening, transition, and technology for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Katy ISD!</p><p><a title="Information Session Flyer for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Katy ISD" href="/dept/sped/Documents/Kicking%20off%20Communication.pdf" target="_blank">Flyer</a></p></div>
Toolkit for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care2016-06-21T17:30:27Z<div class="ExternalClass3905DE19571F405D98C7F2EC7C3BD297"><p>​<strong>Toolkit for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care</strong></p><p>Being a youth in foster care can be difficult. Some youth in foster care often experience trauma before entering into the foster care system. Once youth enter foster care, there are often a lack sufficient role models and resources are either scarce or spread out. Gaining access to information about even the simplest things, like opening a bank account, can be a real hurdle. That's why the recently released <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Foster Care Transition Toolkit</span></a> is so important.</p><p>The toolkit is to help youth in foster care across the country better transition to college, successfully navigate through college and then to a career.</p><p>This toolkit was developed with constant feedback from youth in foster care and stakeholders from across the country to inspire current and former youth in foster care to pursue college and career opportunities. The toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help youth in foster care access and navigate social, emotional, and educational resource barriers as they transition into adulthood.</p></div>
Resources for Accessing the General Curriculum on the Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) website for Accessing the General Curriculum on the Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) website2016-06-06T15:36:02Z<div class="ExternalClass51E03A2877A543BC82FA955BA992862E"><p><strong>Resources for Accessing the General Curriculum on the Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) website</strong></p><p><strong> </strong>The PGC Network through a collaboration of the 20 Education Service Centers and the Texas Education Agency has developed and provided the following downloadable resources posted at: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><ul><li>Specially designed instruction at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>  </li><li>Standards-Based IEPs at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>    </li><li>Least Restrictive Environment Question & Answer at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>  </li><li>Co-Teaching at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>  </li><li>Paraprofessionals at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>  </li><li>Grading at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </li></ul></div>
Game On! Share the Knowledge On! Share the Knowledge2016-04-14T20:23:08Z<div class="ExternalClassA52C5DE3EAEA4561A8F8056B8D38B143"><p>​<a href="/dept/sped/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Game%20On!%20Share%20the%20Knowledge.pdf"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Game On! Share the Knowledge.pdf</a></p></div>
New Progress in the General Curriculum: "Specially Designed Instruction - A Resource for Teachers" Progress in the General Curriculum: "Specially Designed Instruction - A Resource for Teachers"2016-04-05T13:33:08Z<div class="ExternalClass9F3AD9CCFDC24CABB4BB5F2D51C5231D"><p><strong>New Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) State Network Resource Posted!</strong></p><p>A new resource titled "Specially Designed Instruction: A Resource for Teachers" has been posted to the PGC Web Site.  In addition, a recorded webinar on high yield strategies for reading which focuses on pre-reading strategies is posted on that same page.   </p><p>Both resources can be found here: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p></div>
"A Winning Season""A Winning Season"2016-03-24T16:31:05Z<div class="ExternalClassAEA186F09DB14E8C9F628D48323A8B4E"><p>​Improving Communication Together</p><p>Partnering with your deaf and hard of hearing child's school</p><p>"A Winning Season"</p><p><a href="/dept/sped/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Improving%20Hearing%20(English).pdf"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Improving Hearing (English).pdf</a> </p><p><a href="/dept/sped/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Improving%20Hearing%20(Spanish).pdf"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Improving Hearing (Spanish).pdf</a></p></div>
Autism Training Training2016-03-22T15:24:15Z<div class="ExternalClass2A9C3A64EC9A4A00BD0C88E9AD30879B"><p>​</p><p><a href="/dept/sped/Lists/latestnews/Attachments/19/March%20Group%20Parent%20Training.docx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icdocx.png" alt="" />March Group Parent Training</a></p></div>
Tommy Hilfiger Introduces Adaptive Clothing - A collaboration with Runway of Dreams Hilfiger Introduces Adaptive Clothing - A collaboration with Runway of Dreams2016-03-04T18:51:14Z<div class="ExternalClass86B8DA4C63FA4707AF1CDB18E343DCBD"><p>Tommy Hilfiger just made history with a clothing line for kids with disabilities - clothing that's adapted for people with disabilities. The shorts and pants are classic Tommy, with lots of red, white and blue and preppy plaids. But the beauty is in the details: buttons and zippers replaced by MagnaReady magnet closures, and adjustable waistbands, pants length and sleeve length. The details come courtesy of countless parents who've spent years trying to help their children wear "normal" clothing. One of those moms, New Jersey-based fashion designer Mindy Scheier, came to a revelation after her son, Oliver, asked to wear jeans to school like his friends. The line, which includes 22 total pieces for boys and girls, cost the same as Tommy Hilfiger's current clothes for kids, and the styles are nearly identical. But the small details, like shirts that magnet shut and pants with Velcro at the fly instead of zippers, set it apart.</p><ul><li>Adapted from Yahoo news at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> . Click and read more or view video.</li><li>See online at Tommy Hilfiger website at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </li><li>Article in Disability Scoop at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </li></ul></div>
Celebrate Museum Day on March 12th Museum Day on March 12th2016-03-04T18:49:46Z<div class="ExternalClassA6FE8A28A30742B7B576796B1F36376A"><p>​First Lady Michelle Obama has said "One visit, one performance, one touch, and who knows how you could spark a child's imagination?" Check out a listing of museums in Houston and when admission is free at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p></div>
Seeing Abilities, Not Disabilities Abilities, Not Disabilities2016-03-04T18:49:00Z<div class="ExternalClass636B1CD5B25D40DB9D0ECEC0D5306A34"><p>Check out the inspiring story of a student with Down syndrome whose family helps him take a sports-minded approach in maximizing his abilities and overcoming his disabilities.</p><p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p></div>
Parent Resources Posted on the SPEDTex Website Resources Posted on the SPEDTex Website2016-03-01T21:05:40Z<div class="ExternalClassB32B8DD97F604D81BAC07D2EB87937AB"><p>The SPEDTex website provides parents with resources and translations of the Procedural Safeguards and Parent Guide in languages other than English and Spanish which is posted on the SPEDTex website at: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. SPEDTex is a TEA Project led by Region 10 ESC. Contact information:  Phone: 1-855-SPED-TEX  Email: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p> </p></div>
11th Annual Special Education Conference and Resource Fair Annual Special Education Conference and Resource Fair2016-02-17T20:13:10Z<div class="ExternalClassF2C4F54361484F98A1D8FBBFDE4BCDA9"><p>There are a limited number of Free registrations available for families & persons with disabilities.   </p><p>To see the list of presentations and to register - Go to:  <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p><a href="/dept/sped/Documents/Success%20for%20Children%20with%20Disabilities.pdf">Success for Children with Disabilities.pdf</a></p><p> </p></div>
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Livestock Show and Rodeo2016-02-16T14:18:52Z<div class="ExternalClass9CD17DC9EAB74BF9A0F34B00056A1864"><p><strong>Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo</strong></p><p>Rodeo time in Texas is coming! March 1 -2 0, 2016. Go to <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><ul><li>Download a children's activity book at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </li><li>Check out activities at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </li></ul><p><strong>Currency Readers Available for the Blind and Visually Impaired at No Cost to Them</strong></p><p><strong> </strong>The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), in partnership with the Library of Congress' National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), launched the U.S. Currency Reader Program in 2015 as a means for blind or visually impaired individuals to denominate U.S. currency.  Now in its second year, the program provides U.S. citizens or legal residents with vision impairments a free currency reader device at no cost to them. </p><p> "To date, more than 35,000 currency readers have been distributed to eligible individuals and we have received a very positive response from the visually impaired community about their functionality.  February is Low Vision Awareness Month and what better time to create additional awareness about the program and encourage others to apply for one," said BEP Director Len Olijar. </p><p> The currency reader, called iBill®, is a small hand-held device that denominates all U.S. currency in circulation in one of three modes:  a clear natural voice, a pattern of tones, or a pattern of vibrations for privacy.  The vibration mode also assists people who are deaf and blind in identifying a note's denomination.  The device uses a single AAA battery, which is included. </p><p>Currency reader applications are processed and readers are shipped by the NLS, which also administers a free library program of braille and audio materials for U.S. residents and citizens living abroad. </p><p> To request a currency reader, individuals should complete the application located on BEP's website at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> or call (844) 815-9388, toll free to request that an application be mailed.  </p><p> BEP also offers two mobile device applications that allow users to scan a note and have the note's value communicated back to the user.  EyeNote®, an Apple iOS mobile application for denominating currency can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store and the IDEAL® Currency Identifier app for Android devices can be downloaded free from Google Play.</p><p> </p></div>
Community Options Booklet Options Booklet2016-02-09T20:35:35Z<div class="ExternalClassCA4455DC7D364E3AB1B33611F405A24A"><p>Texas Department of Aging And Disability Services</p><p>Access and Intake Services</p><p><a href="/dept/sped/Documents/Community%20Options.pdf">Community Options.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
STAR Kids Information Sessions for Families Kids Information Sessions for Families2016-02-08T19:24:29Z<div class="ExternalClass7893CB445F8F4BE3BEC710B1AEB1A576"><p>​Do you or someone who you care for receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Medicaid or a Medicaid waiver? If so, you need to know about STAR Kids.</p><p><a href="/dept/sped/Documents/STAR%20Kids%20Family%20Information.pdf" target="_blank">STAR Kids Family Information.pdf</a></p><p><a href="/dept/sped/Documents/STAR%20Kids%20Flyer.pdf" target="_blank">STAR Kids Flyer.pdf</a></p><p> </p></div>
State Parks and Historic Sites with Wheelchair-Accessible Facilities Parks and Historic Sites with Wheelchair-Accessible Facilities2016-02-01T15:51:42Z<div class="ExternalClass8EC551A23AC9461BBAE424D53B8A9FE9"><p><strong>State Parks and Historic Sites with Wheelchair-Accessible Facilities</strong></p><p> Walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to try Texas' trails system. For a list of wheelchair and stroller accessible trails, visit the page on <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">wheelchair accessibility</span></a>. </p><ul><li>Brazos Bend State Park - The Interpretive trail, Visitor Center and Exhibits, and trail to fishing pier are wheelchair accessible. The Creekfield Lake Nature Trail is an accessible nature trail and the interpretive exhibit pilot project was the first of its kind for the department (1995) and was designed with the assistance of the greater Houston area disabled community in partnership with The George Foundation, Fort Bend County, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The trail is fully paved and takes visitor on a .5 mile loop of an outstanding wetland area. Exciting features along this trail include a series of interpretive panels with tactile bronzes of wetland wildlife, and an accessible boardwalk and observation deck for wildlife viewing, rest areas with shaded benches, and an audio-described tour (available for checkout from the park headquarters). The "Habitats and Niches" exhibit includes an unusual "hands-on" alligator discovery area, a tactile model of the park, and an open-captioned orientation video for visitors with hearing impairments.</li><li>Bastrop State Park - The Park has several wheelchair accessible campsites, cabins, group facilities, and picnic sites, as well as fishing access.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p></div>
Group Training for Parents Training for Parents 2016-01-12T15:47:52Z<div class="ExternalClass3F34224F48684C36BE76F80784516AFC"><p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>KISD Group Parent Training</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Tuesday, January 26, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">6:00pm to 8:00pm</p><p style="text-align:center;">Education Support Complex </p><p style="text-align:center;">6301 South Stadium Lane</p><p style="text-align:center;">Room 1200 BCG</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Topic:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong><strong>Anne Sullivan-Douglas, M.S. CCC-SLP</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Holly Ford, M.A. CCC-SLP</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Parents and district staff will gain better knowledge of factors to be considered when developing a communication program for students with Autism.  Various language functions including those especially difficult to develop in individuals with autism will be discussed.  The utility of different forms of communication will be explored. The presentation will include strategies and best practice for students all along the autism spectrum.</p><p style="text-align:center;">Questions:  Contact Audrey Bivens 281-237-4376 </p><p style="text-align:center;">Sorry, but we are unable to provide child care.</p></div>
ASL Storytelling Program Storytelling Program2015-12-18T17:00:20Z<div class="ExternalClass92F78391D102492D83001553A08A874E"><p>The ASL Storytelling program with the Educational Resource Center on Deafness has created a a Christmas story for deaf and hard of hearing students to view during the Holiday season.  </p><p>You can watch the video by clicking the picture or viewing it here:  <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Merry Christmas Splat</span></a></p><p> They have also recently added another two stories to the ASL Storytelling Library:  <em>Goose</em> and <em>The Little Red Hen</em>.  </p><p>Check out <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">ASL Storytelling Online Library</span></a> to view these videos and the vocabulary videos.</p></div>
IDEA 40th Anniversary Celebration 40th Anniversary Celebration2015-12-02T17:17:38Z<div class="ExternalClassC9623BFC71684E4A83E1D08FD278F905"><p>Today, we celebrate the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is a civil rights law, guaranteeing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to millions of children, many of whom were excluded 40 years ago from the American education system.  </p><p> As educators, advocates, parents, and policymakers, we need to work toward creating a culture of high expectations; ensuring students with disabilities have full access to college- and career-ready learning opportunities and assessments; and supporting students with disabilities so that they may excel in the general curriculum for college and career success. To do so, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have released several resources including the:</p><ul><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>Dear Colleague Letter: Clarification of FAPE and Alignment with State Academic Standards</em></strong></span></a><em>,</em> which clarifies that individualized education programs for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.  </li><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>IDEAs That Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success</em></strong></span></a> website will connect teachers and families with resources to assist them in improving instruction and supporting academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students with disabilities as they become college and career ready.  </li><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>Supporting and Responding to Behavior:  Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers</em></strong></span></a><em> </em>toolkit, which summarizes evidence-based, positive, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies for teachers. </li></ul></div>
Festive Holiday Events in Texas Holiday Events in Texas2015-12-02T17:01:44Z<div class="ExternalClass49C0484B85DC4FDD81A17760730BFB80"><p><strong>Festive Holiday Events in Texas State Parks!</strong></p><p><strong> </strong>Tis' the season to visit a Texas State Park! State parks from every corner of the Texas are hosting more than <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">60 festive events</span></a>, including hayrides, s'more making, lantern-lit tours and dog-friendly hikes. Below are some of the fun holiday events planned across the state. You can also download the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Christmas in the Parks brochure</span></a> or visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Online Events Calendar</span></a> for more holiday listings. </p><ul><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A Sailor's Christmas</strong></span></a><strong> at Battleship Texas (Dec. 12)</strong> - Come see this historic Navy vessel decorated just as the crew did while serving their country aboard. Kids of all ages can have their pictures taken with Santa or transmit a message to the North Pole from the Ship's Post Office.</li><li><a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A Simple Christmas</strong></span></a><strong> at Brazos Bend (Dec. 5)</strong> - Enjoy the simple life: making s'mores, Dutch oven cooking, Victorian-era games, hayrides and a visit from a "Southern Santa." Cap off the evening with "The Brazos River Pickers" old-time, bluegrass band.</li><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">More Houston Events...</span></a></li></ul><p> </p></div>
IDEAS That Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success That Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success2015-11-17T19:35:07Z<div class="ExternalClass7A7FF45F95F440498EBB56AF3A740C6E"><p>​<span style="font-family:"times new roman","serif";font-size:12pt;"><a href=""><strong><em><span style="color:blue;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">IDEAs That Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success</span></span></em></strong></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman",times,serif;">This website will connect teachers and families with resources to assist them in improving instruction and supporting academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students with disabilities as they become college and career ready.</span>  </p></div>
Teacher in the Spotlight in the Spotlight2015-11-02T20:00:04Z<div class="ExternalClass942F993A759F40AF9F240796FC6B72FC"><p>​Congratulations, Shanna Bodenhamer!!</p><p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
Explore Abilities Day Monday, November 16, 2015, 10 AM - 2 PM Abilities Day Monday, November 16, 2015, 10 AM - 2 PM2015-10-29T18:39:07Z<div class="ExternalClassBA3FDD27C1354711AD4343B8BA79B415"><p>​The Children's Musem of Houston is hosting a NEW exclusive event for children with special needs and their families.  Planned in collaboration with the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism Center at Texas Children's Hospital, the event allows families the opportunity to explore the Museum at their own pace.  The event promises to provide:</p><ul><li>A comfortable, protected, and accepting environment.</li><li>An opportunity for parents to connect with other families.</li><li>Information related to special needs for parents.</li></ul><p>Admission is $5 per person and FREE for Museum members.  The Fresh Café will be closed, so families are encouraged to bring their own lunch and snacks.</p><p>To register, families should contact Lydia Dungus by email at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> or by phone at 713-535-7238.</p></div>
Sesame Street Debuts Character With Autism Street Debuts Character With Autism2015-10-29T17:02:23Z<div class="ExternalClass71F6AFD976D14FDB9D23E0F38416545E"><p>​On Wednesday, the company launched "<a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children</span></a>," an online initiative that will provide resources for viewers on the spectrum, as well as educate the general public about autism. A big part of this is the introduction of Julia, an character with autism who Elmo meets in an online storybook, "<a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">We're Amazing, 1,2,3.</span></a>"<br> <br>Read more: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p></div>

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