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PEN Project We serve families living in ESC regions 9, 12, 14-19. We are funded by the U.S. Dept. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

The PEN Project is one of four federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) serving Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26. The PEN Project is a non-profit Parent Training Information Center that provides FREE parent advocacy training. of Education, Office of Special Education, and work with families one-on-one and through workshops to address IDEA laws a

The PEN Project is one of four federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) serving Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26. The PEN Project is a non-profit Parent Training Information Center that provides FREE parent advocacy training. of Education, Office of Special Education, and work with families one-on-one and through workshops to address IDEA laws a

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Save the Date!!Beyond the NOW: Long Term Service PlanningJanuary 26, 20238 am - 4 pmLocation: Abilene Community Foundati...
01/22/2023

Save the Date!!

Beyond the NOW: Long Term Service Planning
January 26, 2023
8 am - 4 pm
Location: Abilene Community Foundation
850 N. 1st Street
Abilene, TX 79601

Learn more about:
• Managed care (STAR+PLUS and STARKids)
• Aging & Disability Resource Center
• HHSC Community Services
• Area Agency on Aging
• ABLE Accounts/Trusts (STARKids)
• Legal Aid

Space is limited! Lunch is provided!

RSVP to secure your spot!
Contact Shelly Bailey
[email protected]
325-234-1534

Do you have questions about your child's special education services but don't know where to turn? We have the answer! Co...
01/21/2023

Do you have questions about your child's special education services but don't know where to turn? We have the answer! Contact your Parent Training and Information Center (PTI).

To locate your PTI: https://prntexas.org/about-prn/find-your-pti/?fbclid=IwAR3f0_y9juv67imGei2k16rY0Hfj4797h020038FUHacr6-myk0zmsIGfVA

Every state has at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

01/21/2023
Preview of Special Education Issues Before the 88th Texas Legislature

Did you miss this week's webinar Preview of Special Education Issues Before the 88th Texas Legislature with Steven Aleman, Disability Rights Texas? Don't worry! You can watch the recording of the webinar here: https://www.facebook.com/PRNTexas/videos/2201809199991730

Download a copy of the presentation at:http://prntexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/230117.PRN-webinar_88th-Legislative-Session-Preview_DRTx-FINAL51741.pdf

Tips for Families: Parent-Teacher ConferencesWhen families partner with their child’s teachers, children are often more ...
01/21/2023

Tips for Families: Parent-
Teacher Conferences
When families partner with their child’s teachers, children are often more successful. This helpful card from the PACER Center provides tips for preparing for conferences and suggestions for questions. You can read it here:
https://www.pacer.org/learning-center/family-engagement/pdf/school-conference-tip-card.pdf

Talk to us about special education in Texas | Houston Public Media
01/21/2023
Talk to us about special education in Texas | Houston Public Media

Talk to us about special education in Texas | Houston Public Media

Houston Public Media and the Texas Newsroom — a collaboration between NPR and public radio stations across the state — are looking into the shortfalls of the special education system in Texas. 

If you or someone you know thinks your child may have a disability and needs special education or related services to be...
01/21/2023
How to Request an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Eligibility from Disability Rights Texas

If you or someone you know thinks your child may have a disability and needs special education or related services to be involved in and make progress in school, then an evaluation for special education eligibility may be appropriate.
As a parent or guardian, you have the right to request that your child’s school conduct an evaluation to determine if your child is eligible to receive special education services at any time.

https://prntexas.org/how-to-request-an-initial-evaluation-for-special-education-eligibility-from-disability-rights-texas/?fbclid=IwAR0hzxw-NNdBc5jyxu9GjEoFUCa95BR639XsQBKl7rILaIaxUFkiTRGtfRU

If you or someone you know thinks your child may have a disability and needs special education or related services to be involved in and make progress in school, then an evaluation for special educ…

How to Praise Your Child
01/20/2023
How to Praise Your Child

How to Praise Your Child

The best type of praise helps kids recognize their own effort. Here’s what you can say to praise your child in a way that builds self-esteem.

20th Annual Conference onThe Process of GuardianshipThursday, March 30, 20238:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Submit registration an...
01/19/2023

20th Annual Conference on
The Process of Guardianship
Thursday, March 30, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Submit registration and payment to:
Raquel Lauretano, LCSW/Court Investigator
El Paso County Probate Court No. 2
500 E. San Antonio, 4th Floor, Room 422
El Paso, Texas 79901

Make checks payable to:
EL PASO PROBATE BAR ASSOCIATION
“This workshop has been approved for continuing education credit for Social Workers by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers”

Many campuses hold students’ annual ARD meeting in the Spring.  It is important that an accurate, comprehensive, up-to-d...
01/18/2023
When the ARD Committee (IEP Team) Meets

Many campuses hold students’ annual ARD meeting in the Spring.

It is important that an accurate, comprehensive, up-to-date present levels of academic achievement, and functional performance (PLAAFP) statement is considered at the meeting. It shows whether the child made progress in learning the grade level curriculum, and achieving their goals. It is extremely important for parents to go into an ARD meeting as prepared as possible.

You can ask for a copy of the draft PLAAFP, and proposed goals before the meeting. Your PRN Regional Coordinator can assist you in preparing.

SEE: ARD Meeting Prep Sheet (prntexas.org) https://prntexas.org/when-the-iep-team-meets/

Visit the post for more.

El Paso Community CollegeCOLLEGE DAY PRESENTED BYCENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIESHIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS A...
01/18/2023

El Paso Community College

COLLEGE DAY PRESENTED BY
CENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE INVITED FOR INFORMATION, FUN ACTIVITIES AND PRIZES!

• College Tour
• Services
• Accommodations
• Learn how to Self-Advocate Meet CSD Staff
• Certificate and Associate Programs

FEBRUARY 25, 2023 8:30AM - 12:00PM
VALLE VERDE CAMPUS
FLEXITORIUM
919 HUNTER, 79915

MUST RSVP TO ATTEND
915.831.3107
[email protected]

From our friends at CDIC El Paso!The purpose of this training is to Increase awareness of areas related to disability an...
01/18/2023

From our friends at CDIC El Paso!

The purpose of this training is to Increase awareness of areas related to disability and develop leadership and advocacy skills to enhance civic participation. The Leadership Development and Advocacy Training Project is for individuals with disabilities, including adults with a disability, family members, and the community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Estefania Garcia/Josue Gutierrez (915) 217-2747

Limited language can make meeting your baby or toddler's needs challenging. So here are some tips for decoding those cri...
01/17/2023

Limited language can make meeting your baby or toddler's needs challenging. So here are some tips for decoding those cries and screams.



https://challengingbehavior.org/docs/reading_cues.pdf

Partners Resource Network PEN Project’s office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther...
01/16/2023

Partners Resource Network PEN Project’s office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday.

Our sister project, the TEAM Project, is hosting Youth Hangouts on Wednesdays!!Jan. 18-Feb. 22 @ 5:30 CT pm via Zoom - t...
01/15/2023

Our sister project, the TEAM Project, is hosting Youth Hangouts on Wednesdays!!

Jan. 18-Feb. 22 @ 5:30 CT pm via Zoom -
tinyurl.com/TEAMYouthHangouts

Did you know that Partners Resource Network staff can provide ARD/IEP Support? Staff can assist you in ARD meeting plann...
01/14/2023

Did you know that Partners Resource Network staff can provide ARD/IEP Support? Staff can assist you in ARD meeting planning and preparation, review of your child's IEP, and
tips to improve communication with the school.

To locate the Regional Coordinator in your area: https://prntexas.org/about-prn/find-your-pti/

Executive Function and Accommodations for Students with DyslexiaFebruary 21, 2023 | 12:15 p.m. CTThis session explores h...
01/14/2023

Executive Function and Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia
February 21, 2023 | 12:15 p.m. CT

This session explores how dyslexia manifests as a processing disorder and how appropriate accommodations can build independence and confidence for students with dyslexia in the classroom.

Special Guest Presenter:
Nancy (Disterlic) Hannagan M.A.T., CALT, LDT
Owner Dyslexia Connects

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-Dh7B-L5T3ejqfVuHVDfDQ

How to Save on Medical ExpensesJanuary 17 11 a.m. (MST)12 p.m. (CST)Are you worried about medical bills? Do you wish you...
01/13/2023

How to Save on Medical Expenses

January 17
11 a.m. (MST)
12 p.m. (CST)

Are you worried about medical bills? Do you wish you could win the fight with your insurance company to get more expenses reimbursed? You may be able to resolve denied insurance claims! Learn how at this webinar!

Join us as Special Needs Financial Advisor Allison Schaberg shares her personal experience and financial know-how with you!

Register: https://tinyurl.com/PEN-January

From our friends at CDIC El Paso!!Don’t Let Your Child Be Left Behind!!! Join us on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 9:00a...
01/13/2023

From our friends at CDIC El Paso!!

Don’t Let Your Child Be Left Behind!!! Join us on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at EPCC-Administrative Services Center Building A (9050 Viscount Blvd.).
We'd like you to come and learn What You Need to Know about High School Transition and Agencies.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ConnectAll2023

No Deje Que Su Hijo se Quede Atrás:, unase a nosotros el viernes 27 de enero del 2023 de 9am a 12pm en EPCC, Administrative Services Center Building A en 9050 Viscount Blvd. Lo invitamos a que venga y aprenda mas de Lo Que Necesita Saber Sobre la Transición en la Escuela y las Agencias.
Inscribase enseguida: https://tinyurl.com/ConnectAll2023

Preview of Special Education Issues Before the 88th Texas LegislatureJanuary 17, 2023 | 12:15 p.m. CTThe 88th Texas Legi...
01/12/2023

Preview of Special Education Issues Before the 88th Texas Legislature
January 17, 2023 | 12:15 p.m. CT

The 88th Texas Legislature begins in January 2023 and runs until May 2023. State lawmakers will consider several topics that are important to students with disabilities. This presentation will preview the session, including key issues and legislation already filed and waiting for consideration.

Special Guest Presenter: Steven Aleman, Disability Rights Texas

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RhB4gRfYSnOc6qhDnjvfjA

Mobile uploads
01/11/2023

Mobile uploads

Solicite hoy para recibir asistencia con sus recibos, climatización para su hogar, o servicios de vivienda en el 2023.

Are you interested in learning more about successful transition services in rural communities?  If so, this webinar seri...
01/11/2023

Are you interested in learning more about successful transition services in rural communities? If so, this webinar series may be for you! This four-session series from the Eleanor & Charles Garrett Center on Transition & Disability Studies at Sam Houston State University is open to all rural communities. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/9bp6z5k9.

Are you worried about medical bills? Do you wish you could win the fight with your insurance company to get more expense...
01/11/2023

Are you worried about medical bills? Do you wish you could win the fight with your insurance company to get more expenses reimbursed? You may be able to resolve denied insurance claims! Learn how at this webinar!

Join us as Special Needs
Financial Advisor Allison Schaberg shares her personal experience and financial know-how with you!

Register: https://tinyurl.com/PEN-January

We are excited for the events coming to your area this year! We want to make sure we provide you with relevant informati...
01/10/2023

We are excited for the events coming to your area this year! We want to make sure we provide you with relevant information that you want to know. Please take a minute to provide your input!

¡Estamos emocionados por los eventos que se realizarán en su área este año! Queremos asegurarnos de proporcionarle la información relevante que usted desea saber. ¡Tómese un minuto para proporcionar su opinión!

http://bit.ly/3IDRh3r

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The TSBVI Tech Loan Program has ordered and received new Active Learning equipment to provide more opportunities for use...
01/10/2023
Equipment - Active Learning Space

The TSBVI Tech Loan Program has ordered and received new Active Learning equipment to provide more opportunities for use by districts. These materials can be borrowed by any district in Texas for up to 3 months, free of charge. This is a great way to determine whether a particular piece of equipment is appropriate for a student prior to purchase.

Available items include:

• Bead chain holder
• Essef board
• Essef board stand
• Grid holder
• HOPSA dress size 1
• HOPSA dress size 2
• HOPSA dress size 3
• HOPSA dress crossbar and link
• HOPSA dress block and tackle
• Resonance Board 4×4
• Folding resonance Board 4×4
• Small Little Room
• Full Little Room
• SPG Board
• Support Bench
• Tipping Board

For more information about these items pieces of equipment, visit https://activelearningspace.org/equipment and then on “Things You Can Buy.”

Equipment A young boy plays in a Little Room. Dr. Nielsen designed various "perceptualizing aids" or equipment to facilitate activity in individuals with multiple disabilities. A key factor in the development of these aides was to allow the learner to be an active participant when positioned in supi...

Active Learning Equipment Available for Loan!Active Learning Equipment Available for Loan!Though you can make many piece...
01/10/2023
Lilliworks Active Learning Foundation

Active Learning Equipment Available for Loan!

Active Learning Equipment Available for Loan!

Though you can make many pieces of Active Learning equipment through your own DIY efforts, some pieces of equipment should be purchased to insure safety and quality of function. These are available in the United States through LilliWorks at www.lilliworks.org.

Since these pieces are often very expensive to purchase, you may want to “try before you buy” by accessing some of these resources. If you or your school have pieces of this equipment not being used by a child currently, make sure that other campuses in your district are aware that this equipment is available. Ask your special education director or supervisor if there is an inventory of equipment being maintained so nothing goes to waste.

Active learning books and equipment for the early education of deaf, blind or disabled children and young adults

01/10/2023

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The PEN Project’s Social Media Policy The PEN PROJECT would like its presence on social media sites to be honest, open, and respectful. In an effort to be transparent about our social media policies, as well as to model effective use and management of social media for other organizations in our network, we share our social media guidelines here. SUMMARY STATEMENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY The PEN PROJECT maintains a presence on social media in order to provide information and resources on topics related to early intervention, special education, and serving children and youth with disabilities. We encourage and appreciate fair comments and discussion on our social media platforms. However, we reserve the right to remove posts that include personal or private information, promote commercial products, or are otherwise inappropriate, as described below. You may suggest removal of any comment you feel violates this policy. CONTENT OF POSTS The PEN PROJECT posts resources and information that we think will be of use to our many audiences on Facebook. The content of our posts is focused on serving families and educators of children and youth with disabilities. These may include blogs, news stories, videos, downloadable resources, and links to organizations. The messages we convey on social media are a part of the PEN PROJECT’s public presence. In order to best craft those messages, our team engages in dialogue around what we will post. We share thoughts and perspectives about potential posts before putting them on social media. We value the multiple perspectives of our team members, and we believe that the thought we put into our social media presence helps us to better serve our followers. DIRECT REQUESTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA In the public sphere of social media, the PEN PROJECT cannot respond to individual requests for information or assistance. Your personal information is too public in these spaces. Social media followers are invited to submit requests via email to [email protected] or visit our website at www.PartnersTX.org. We will be pleased to respond to your individual requests promptly and thoroughly via email or telephone. COMMENTS BY OTHERS ARE NOT ENDORSED The PEN PROJECT does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify, or agree with the comments, opinions, or statements posted on its social media accounts. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the views of the PEN PROJECT. COMMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE All comments submitted or posted on the PEN PROJECT's social media accounts are public. The PEN PROJECT reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that violates these policies or any applicable law. EDITING AND DELETIONS The PEN PROJECT reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move, or delete any material submitted as a comment to information posted on its social media accounts without notice. While we encourage submissions from all viewpoints, we ask that all participants adhere to the following Terms of Participation: • To ensure constructive questions and comments, please post only questions or comments directly related and relevant to the PEN PROJECT and the topics discussed. • Do not post questions or comments that contain threats, obscenities, and any other material that would violate the law if published, such as abusive, defamatory, or s*xually explicit material. • Submissions containing the following will be deleted: 1. Obscene or threatening language or defamation (hate speech) based on race, s*x, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability 2. Commercial services or products 3. Any personal or sensitive information (phone numbers, e-mail, or postal addresses) 4. Any endorsement of religious beliefs/practices or political parties, candidates, or groups 5. Any posts or links intended to influence (lobby) a Member of Congress or government official on legislation or appropriation In the event that your original post contains an appropriate disability-related resource, the PEN PROJECT may ask you to modify your posting by removing any portion that breaches this policy. THE RIGHT TO REPORT THREATENING COMMENTS The PEN PROJECT reserves the right to report any comments that imply harm or imminent danger to yourself or others. By submitting a comment for posting, you accept that the PEN PROJECT has the right to contact the appropriate authorities to report any suspicious activities, threats, or behaviors. EXTERNAL LINKS The posting of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the PEN PROJECT of the linked websites, or the information, products, or services contained there. The PEN PROJECT does not exercise editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of the PEN PROJECT. Sharing of other organizations’ resources: In order to best serve our followers, the PEN PROJECT shares resources from trusted organizations in our networks. Commercial products: The PEN PROJECT generally posts resources and materials that do not have an associated cost to the user. If there is a cost associated with a resource that we post, the PEN PROJECT will do its best to identify the cost in the post. APPROPRIATE URL FORMAT The PEN PROJECT reserves the right to remove any URLs that pose or appear to pose a security threat to its site, the United States Government, and other users, including, but not limited to, any URLs that have been shortened by third-party sites (e.g., bit.ly, tiny.cc). Since the PEN PROJECT will actively check and monitor all links, users may only post content containing a full web address. The only exceptions to this rule are sites that limit characters, such as Twitter. Users are advised to click on third-party content at their own risk. SECTION 508 COMPLIANCE Third-party social media platforms and websites may not be accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Whenever possible, the PEN PROJECT posts resources that are 508 compliant, for example, videos with captioning. DISCLAIMER References on our social media to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the PEN PROJECT. The views and opinions of authors expressed on social media do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PEN PROJECT or its funders, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. The PEN PROJECT assumes no legal responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process mentioned on its social media outlets. ~ Revised 11/7/2012

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