PEN Project

PEN Project Our mission is to empower and support Texas families and individuals impacted by disabilities or special health care needs. We serve parents of children and youth with disabilities from the ages of 0 to 26 as well as youth self-advocates ages 14-26.

The PEN Project is a non-profit Parent Training Information Center that provides FREE parent advocacy training. We are funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education, and work with families one-on-one and through workshops to address IDEA laws and IEP compliance. We can help with Bullying, Transition, Related Services, IFSPs, Evaluations, etc. As a Parent & Training Information

The PEN Project is a non-profit Parent Training Information Center that provides FREE parent advocacy training. We are funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education, and work with families one-on-one and through workshops to address IDEA laws and IEP compliance. We can help with Bullying, Transition, Related Services, IFSPs, Evaluations, etc. As a Parent & Training Information

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10/15/2021

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10/14/2021

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10/14/2021

Lunch time - Camp Ability Day 4 😋

10/14/2021

Camp Ability Day 4

ADHD and Anxiety: How to Reduce Your Child's Stress
10/14/2021
ADHD and Anxiety: How to Reduce Your Child's Stress

ADHD and Anxiety: How to Reduce Your Child's Stress

This video covers ADHD, anxiety, and child stress. Stress can be a huge part of ADHD. Dr. Jerome J. Schultz briefly outlines his DE-STRESS Model for how to r...

10/14/2021
It’s been a great Wednesday!
10/13/2021

It’s been a great Wednesday!

Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research didn't have a chance to celebrate their 15th anniversary last year, so...
10/12/2021

Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research didn't have a chance to celebrate their 15th anniversary last year, so join them on Oct. 23 for a Sweet 16 Tailgate Party!

Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research didn't have a chance to celebrate their 15th anniversary last year, so join them on Oct. 23 for a Sweet 16 Tailgate Party!

10/12/2021

Camp Ability Day 2
Cup Towers!

Join Lacye for the Navigatoin the Unknown Special Education Conference...Oct 23 @ 10 AMClick here to register: https://t...
10/12/2021

Join Lacye for the Navigatoin the Unknown Special Education Conference...Oct 23 @ 10 AM

Click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/R18-NavigatingTheUnknown

10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions
10:15 a.m. - Accessing Assistive Technology
11:15 a.m. - Parent Tips for Communicating with P*P
12:00 p.m. - Functions Based Approach to Behavior
1:30 p.m. - Youth Panel#specialeducation

Join Lacye for the Navigatoin the Unknown Special Education Conference...Oct 23 @ 10 AM

Click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/R18-NavigatingTheUnknown

10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions
10:15 a.m. - Accessing Assistive Technology
11:15 a.m. - Parent Tips for Communicating with P*P
12:00 p.m. - Functions Based Approach to Behavior
1:30 p.m. - Youth Panel#specialeducation

I sure do love my tour guide!!#specialneedsparenting
10/12/2021

I sure do love my tour guide!!
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I sure do love my tour guide!!
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Day 1 is complete and we had a blast! Today we did “Introduce Yourself” and Estefania  chatted about self-advocacy with ...
10/11/2021

Day 1 is complete and we had a blast! Today we did “Introduce Yourself” and Estefania chatted about self-advocacy with all the campers. We had pizza for lunch 😋

This wouldn’t be possible without Amerigroup Foundations generosity and the wonderful partnerships and collaborations with CDIC, El Paso YLF and MCH Family Outreach

Timeline Photos
10/11/2021

Timeline Photos

10/10/2021
LD OnLine: The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month!

October is Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month, a time when the nation turns its attention to the one in five students who learn differently because they have dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other learning and/or attention issues. What does awareness actually mean? How can we unlock the potential of different learners and create a world where all learners can thrive?

Kids with dyslexia and other learning disabilities drop out of high school at more than double the rate of students in the general population. Individuals with learning disabilities appear in the U.S. prison population at four times the rate they are found in the general public. It’s not a small number of kids. Learning disabilities affect as many as 20% of our students. According to the Department of Education, 2.5 million kids have been identified with specific learning disabilities; as many as 6 million with ADHD. Still more have not been identified—and so many don’t get the attention they need.

What Is a Learning Disability? A learning disability is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive process, store and respond to information. The term learning disability is used to describe the unexplained difficulty of a person of at least average intelligence in acquiring basic academic skills. These skills are essential for success at school and work, and for coping with life in general. Learning disabilities can affect a person’s ability in the areas of: 1. Listening 2. Speaking 3. Reading 4. Writing and 5. Mathematics
Does your child learn differently? Early Identification is vital in helping a child to succeed academically as well as socially. If you think your child may have a Learning Disability, share your concern with your child’s teacher and school staff and request that your child be evaluated. If your child does have a Learning Disability, early intervention with specialized teaching strategies can help to overcome difficulties. As a parent it is important to learn as much as you can and to help your child understand that he or she is not alone and adults are there to help.

LD OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and r...

Don’t compare your child to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.
10/09/2021

Don’t compare your child to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.

To all the parents of children with or without special needs do remember this from today onwards 👪

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!
10/09/2021
Peirson Center for Children

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

Biomedical Treatment of Children with Down syndrome, autism and other special needs

It’s easy to always want to show up for everyone else, but it’s really important to show up for yourself as well. Self c...
10/09/2021

It’s easy to always want to show up for everyone else, but it’s really important to show up for yourself as well.
Self care is important even if it’s for a few minutes sometimes. Enjoy your Weekend

It’s easy to always want to show up for everyone else, but it’s really important to show up for yourself as well.
Self care is important even if it’s for a few minutes sometimes. Enjoy your Weekend

“Every week is getting better and better,” co-founder Stephanie Cartier said of the pace of business. “What’s good about...
10/07/2021
No Labor Shortage At Cafe Staffed By Workers With Intellectual Disabilities

“Every week is getting better and better,” co-founder Stephanie Cartier said of the pace of business. “What’s good about us is we’re one of the only restaurants that doesn’t have an employee problem — a lack of employees. Last week alone we had three people with intellectual disabilities looking for jobs. We could staff a whole other restaurant if we wanted to.”

One restaurant has avoided the labor shortage plaguing the rest of the industry. Staffed almost entirely by people with intellectual disabilities, the eatery is flush with prospective employees.

New Resources!All children experience the world differently, and those differences are even greater for children with au...
10/07/2021
Autism | Sesame Street in Communities

New Resources!
All children experience the world differently, and those differences are even greater for children with autism. As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism (or as someone who knows a person with autism), your understanding and support can help ease daily challenges…while celebrating the uniqueness of all children.

Share the amazing by celebrating and supporting the uniqueness of every child, including those on the autism spectrum.

Sesame Street In CommunitiesJoin us for a conversation with representatives from Sesame Workshop and the artists from Ex...
10/07/2021
Sesame Workshop and Exceptional Minds Q&A

Sesame Street In Communities

Join us for a conversation with representatives from Sesame Workshop and the artists from Exceptional Minds as they discuss their process in creating a short animated film for our latest autism resources featuring Julia and her family. #SeeAmazing

Join us for a conversation with representatives from Sesame Workshop and the artists from Exceptional Minds as they discuss their process in creating a short...

Why some kids overreact to criticism
10/06/2021
Why some kids overreact to criticism

Why some kids overreact to criticism

Does it seem like your child can’t deal with criticism? Find out why some kids have trouble learning how to handle criticism, and how to help.

“If you’re a young person being called weird or different, I’m here to tell you that your critics do not count. Their wo...
10/05/2021
Famous People with ADHD

“If you’re a young person being called weird or different, I’m here to tell you that your critics do not count. Their words will fade. You will not.” Why we love Justin Timberlake, Simone Biles, Adam Levine, and these other inspiring celebrities and famous people with ADHD.
#famouspeople #adhd

"If you're a young person being called weird or different, I'm here to tell you that your critics do not count. Their words will fade. You will not." Why we love Justin Timberlake, Simone Biles, Adam Levine, and these other inspiring celebrities and famous people with ADHD.

Join us Thursday, October 7, 2021 for Human Socialization Skills Webinar.Click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/wwa...
10/05/2021

Join us Thursday, October 7, 2021 for Human Socialization Skills Webinar.

Click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/wwa78arb

#socialization #lifeskills

Join us Thursday, October 7, 2021 for Human Socialization Skills Webinar.

Click here to register: https://tinyurl.com/wwa78arb

#socialization #lifeskills

This has been coming up a lot this year due to illness and such. Here is some information on how to handle and understan...
10/04/2021
Texas 90% Attendance and Truancy Rules | Navigate Life Texas

This has been coming up a lot this year due to illness and such. Here is some information on how to handle and understand the 90% rule in Texas.

With doctor’s appointments, therapy visits, and days where they’re just feeling sick, many children with disabilities or special health care needs miss a lot of school. In 2015, Texas came out with new attendance rules (rules about when your child has to be in school), including truancy rules fo...

Strength lies in difference, not in similarities.
10/02/2021

Strength lies in difference, not in similarities.

"My son is diagnosed with Autism. I'm thankful for the way he views the world differently. Our conversations take on new meaning in that I learn the ability to look at something in a different and quite often enlightened way." - a GCISD parent

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, ECC is thankful for the diverse group of children in GCISD represented by this committee. We will be sharing parent quotes to celebrate the great strengths these children possess alongside their challenges.

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10/01/2021

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Wishing everyone a blessed October!🍁
10/01/2021

Wishing everyone a blessed October!
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Wishing everyone a blessed October!
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10/01/2021

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn the benefits of hiring a diverse, talented workforce that includes people with disabilities. This free online toolkit can help your company create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace: www.DRTx.org/en/2021/10/01/workaccomodationstoolkit/ #NDEAM

10/01/2021

** PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!! **

Free Conference: Children's Mental Health: Federal Bills to End Harmful, Traumatic Crisis Management Practices in Schools on October 8, 2021, 8:45 am - 4:15 pm ET.

This program focuses on two issues -- corporal punishment and the use of restraint and seclusion in schools -- and two pending federal laws.
To learn more about the program, the speakers, and to register (free), go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-lives-in-the-balance-childrens-mental-health-conference-registration-162671780675?aff=erelpanelorg

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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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