PEN Project

PEN Project Our mission is to empower & support Texas families & individuals impacted by disabilitiesโ€ฆ PEN Regional Coordinators are here for you!

We can help you understand your childโ€™s disability, understand your rights and responsibilities under IDEA, obtain and evaluate resources and services for your child, and fully participate as a team member with professionals in planning services for your child. What kind of assistance does PEN offer?

* Individual assistance over the phone and in-person
* Workshops and webinars on a variety of spe

cial education topics
* Access to resources such as printed publications and online courses

How Do I Get Started? - Call us at our coordinating office at 915.259.8717 or email us at [email protected]

Is There A Cost? - No. All of our services are provided at no cost to parents of infants, toddlers, children and youth with all types of disabilities. What if I'm not sure if PEN Project can help me? - Call us anyway! PEN Project offers many services and can provide contacts for other national, state and community resources, so chances are, there is something to fit your needs

Join us on Tuesday, August 29th at 12:15 p.m. CT for our webinar ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ & ๐—ฃ๐—•๐—œ๐—ฆ. Shiloh C...
08/26/2023

Join us on Tuesday, August 29th at 12:15 p.m. CT for our webinar ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ & ๐—ฃ๐—•๐—œ๐—ฆ.
Shiloh Carter, Senior Litigation Attorney at Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), will review your childโ€™s rights related to student discipline including informal removals, potential remedies, and advocating for evidence based positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS).
Register today at: https://buff.ly/3PdGJLt

Meet the PEN Project team!Bonnie Perez Ramirez - Project DirectorElizabeth Bustos - Activity CoordinatorOffice: 915.259....
08/26/2023

Meet the PEN Project team!

Bonnie Perez Ramirez - Project Director
Elizabeth Bustos - Activity Coordinator
Office: 915.259.8717 | Toll Free: 1.833.847.2686

Region 12 - Waco, TX & Surrounding Areas
Michele Lammers | 254.275.1362 | [email protected]

Region 14 - Abilene, TX & Surrounding Areas
Jamie Thomas | 325.450.2774 | regions14.15@prn@gmail.com

Region 15 - San Angelo, TX & Surrounding Areas
Jamie Thomas | 325.450.2774 | [email protected]

Region 16 - Amarillo, TX & Surrounding Areas
Adrienne Williams | 806.281.3495 | [email protected]

Region 17 - Lubbock, TX & Surrounding Areas
Adrienne Williams | 806.281.3495 | [email protected]

Region 18 - Midland / Odessa, TX & Surrounding Areas
Leslie Hernandez | 432.530.4382 | [email protected]

Region 19 - El Paso, TX & Surrounding Areas
Molly Saenz | 915.494.3925 | [email protected]

08/25/2023
Lubbock Families!! We're excited to announce our annual conference registration is now open!It Takes A Village, Region 1...
08/25/2023

Lubbock Families!! We're excited to announce our annual conference registration is now open!

It Takes A Village, Region 17 Conference and Resource Fair
Sponsored by Amerigroup
Saturday, September 23, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Christian Life Assembly of God
5917 66th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424

Speakers from:
Legacy Developmental Pediatrics, Burkhart Center, Amerigroup, and more!

Register: https://bit.ly/PEN-Village-2023
Exhibitor opportunities available: https://bit.ly/PEN-Village-Exhibitor2023

Calling all youth self-advocates ages 14-22! Come hang out with us, make new friends and talk about how the first week o...
08/25/2023

Calling all youth self-advocates ages 14-22! Come hang out with us, make new friends and talk about how the first week of school went!

Thursday, August 31 at 6:30pm
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, 2628 West Loop 289, Lubbock, Texas

Questions? Call or email Adrienne Williams at 806-281.3495 or [email protected]

August 30st 6:30 CST/5:30 MSTA safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and n...
08/25/2023

August 30st 6:30 CST/5:30 MST
A safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and new conversational topics every month.
This event is for youth with different abilities and disabilities, ages 14 and up.
Register at: https://bit.ly/August-Hangout

Documentation of Your Child's Educational RecordsAugust 22, 2023 at 10 AM MSTRegister here: https://bit.ly/3psMaM9This w...
08/24/2023

Documentation of Your Child's Educational Records

August 22, 2023 at 10 AM MST

Register here: https://bit.ly/3psMaM9

This workshop is designed to teach parents how to gather, organize and access accurate information about their childโ€™s educational records.

Contact Molly Saenz at 915-494-3925 or [email protected] if you have any questions

Odessa Tx, Midland Tx And surrounding areas.ODESSA: Superior has partnered with the Permian Basin Fair and Exposition to...
08/24/2023

Odessa Tx, Midland Tx And surrounding areas.

ODESSA: Superior has partnered with the Permian Basin Fair and Exposition to bring Texans the second annual Sensory Special Day! Anyone with a sensory processing disorder and their families will receive entry to the fair at no cost. Between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 at Ector County Coliseum Fairgrounds, families can enjoy this sensory friendly event with limited lights and music. There will also be opportunities for families to learn more about community resources available to them.

August 31st 6:30 CST/5:30 MSTA safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and n...
08/24/2023

August 31st 6:30 CST/5:30 MST

A safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and new conversational topics every month.

This event is for youth with different abilities and disabilities, ages 14 and up.

Register at: https://bit.ly/August-Hangout

08/24/2023

The 2023 El Paso Buddy Walk website is now live! Join us on Saturday, October 7th, in person at the EPCC Valle Verde campus. Register your team today by visiting www.EPBuddyWalk.org

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication Mike Krzyzewski
08/23/2023

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication
Mike Krzyzewski

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08/23/2023

ยกEl Proyecto Futuros Independientes que Funcionan! ha traducido recientemente las hojas de consejos y los infogrรกficos del proyecto al idioma espaรฑol. Puede encontrar estos recursos en: https://buff.ly/3scnTv0
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August 31st 6:30 CST/5:30 MSTA safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and n...
08/22/2023

August 31st 6:30 CST/5:30 MST
A safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and new conversational topics every month.
This event is for youth with different abilities and disabilities, ages 14 and up.
Register at:
https://bit.ly/August-Hangout

Free WorkshopOverview of Procedural Safeguards Aug. 28th at 9am.Location840 Prospector Trail, Harker Heights, TX 76548 C...
08/22/2023

Free Workshop
Overview of Procedural Safeguards
Aug. 28th at 9am.
Location
840 Prospector Trail, Harker Heights, TX 76548
Contact: Michele Lammers
254-275-1362
[email protected]

Registration Link is Now OPEN- Sponsorship is Available Come join us for our 2nd annual All Together Special Needs Confe...
08/22/2023

Registration Link is Now OPEN- Sponsorship is Available
Come join us for our 2nd annual All Together Special Needs Conference! This event was a huge success last year and you won't want to miss it. Whether you are a family member, caregiver, or professional, this event it for you. Registration is $15 per person and lunch is included. Limited sponsorship is available, just check the box on the registration form if you need assistance. Childcare will also be available with a reservation. Space will be limited. To stay up to date on information find us on Facebook at "All Together Special Needs Conference."
The All Together Special Needs Conference sign up link :
www.templebiblechurch.org/thehub

Come out and talk to other parents that understand. Make new friends. Support each other.  New Topics each moth.Contact ...
08/22/2023

Come out and talk to other parents that understand. Make new friends. Support each other. New Topics each moth.
Contact if you have questions
Michele Lammers
254-275-1362
[email protected]

Feel free to share!!!!Join us on Tuesday, August 29th at 12:15 p.m. CT for our webinar ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ...
08/21/2023

Feel free to share!!!!

Join us on Tuesday, August 29th at 12:15 p.m. CT for our webinar ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ & ๐—ฃ๐—•๐—œ๐—ฆ.

Shiloh Carter, Senior Litigation Attorney at Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), will review your childโ€™s rights related to student discipline including informal removals, potential remedies, and advocating for evidence based positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS).

Register today at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_elz9XqZqShyp27cpiWEEVQ

From our friends at Lbk-Can /Lubbock Community Autism Network:FREE Training for parents/guardians, teachers, etc by PEN ...
08/21/2023

From our friends at Lbk-Can /Lubbock Community Autism Network:

FREE Training for parents/guardians, teachers, etc by PEN Project.
Monday, August 21st @5:30 pm
Register Here:
https://bit.ly/3O1g8zt
In person you'll receive hands on resources and food and drinks will be provided, as well as, childcare or you can watch and ask questions via FB Livestream here at LBK-CAN.

โ€œItโ€™s Monday.Get a new perspective.Whatever obstacle youโ€™re Facing- itโ€™s not permanent.โ€-unknown
08/21/2023

โ€œItโ€™s Monday.
Get a new perspective.
Whatever obstacle youโ€™re
Facing- itโ€™s not permanent.โ€
-unknown

Attention YOUTH! Do you need help with exploring careers? This website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Emplo...
08/20/2023

Attention YOUTH! Do you need help with exploring careers?

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development can help you with that. The site explores what youth want to do for a living, with search areas using keywords, browsing careers by industry, and answering some questions about the types of work they might enjoy.

You can access the website via the Independent Futures that Work website at: https://www.independentfuturesthatwork.com/resource/my-next-move-website/

Navigating the Contentious ARDDavid Beinke, Director of Advocacy for Cirkiel & Associates, shares tips for parents on co...
08/20/2023

Navigating the Contentious ARD

David Beinke, Director of Advocacy for Cirkiel & Associates, shares tips for parents on communicating effectively with their child's school and managing a difficult ARD meeting.

Special Guest Presenter: David Beinke, Director of Advocacy, Cirkiel & Associates

Watch the recording here: https://fb.watch/mrwIGodMIk/

08/20/2023
08/20/2023

If youโ€™re a parent of a person with a disability you have to register for our ABLE Account education series!! No ifโ€™s, ands, or buts โ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Be sure to share this post too!!

You might even receive a $100 participation stipend that will be paid into an ABLE Account. Register at https://bit.ly/ABLEarcep

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8 Tips for After Your ARD Meeting1. Carefully review your childโ€™s IEP at home.2. Keep your childโ€™s IEP and related docum...
08/19/2023

8 Tips for After Your ARD Meeting

1. Carefully review your childโ€™s IEP at home.
2. Keep your childโ€™s IEP and related documents organized.
3. If appropriate, follow up with a thank you.
4. Take time to discuss the IEP with your child in terms they will understand.
5. Keep in contact with your childโ€™s teacher.
6. Make sure the IEP is being implemented as written.
7. If you have concerns with your childโ€™s progress, you can request an ARD meeting at any time.
8. Always keep in mind that you and the educational team will have an ongoing relationship.



Download our "25 Tips for Effective ARD Meetings" factsheet by clicking here:
https://prntexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/25-Tips-for-ARD-Meetings-Partners-Resource-Network.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2DlzS4-ad8aLhOpFtdt8f_ip9GNUMyPJRqMYnz3K8YX1MIqIqEqf4Gb6Y

10 Tips for Effective ARD Meetings1. Remember, you are a very important part of your child's ARD committee, and your inp...
08/19/2023

10 Tips for Effective ARD Meetings

1. Remember, you are a very important part of your child's ARD committee, and your input is valuable.
2. Keep communication respectful and treat everyone with dignity.
3. Take notes during the ARD meeting.
4. Be sure present levels of performance are reviewed.
5. Focus on your childโ€™s individual needs.
6. Encourage ARD committee members to use simple language when writing the IEP.
7. Be open to new ideas and strategies and be willing to compromise.
8. Take a break if needed.
9. Sign wisely.
10. If you and the school fail to agree after reconvening the ARD meeting, you do not have to sign agreement.



Download our "25 Tips for Effective ARD Meetings" factsheet by clicking here:
https://prntexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/25-Tips-for-ARD-Meetings-Partners-Resource-Network.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2DlzS4-ad8aLhOpFtdt8f_ip9GNUMyPJRqMYnz3K8YX1MIqIqEqf4Gb6Y

7 Tips to Prepare Before Your ARD Meeting1. Request a copy of any recent evaluations and drafts of present levels and pr...
08/19/2023

7 Tips to Prepare Before Your ARD Meeting

1. Request a copy of any recent evaluations and drafts of present levels and proposed IEP goals.
2. Make a list of concerns you would like to discuss at the meeting.
3. Plan how you will handle issues where you and the school may not agree.
4. Contact other ARD committee members before the meeting to build a positive relationship and brainstorm ideas about your childโ€™s program ahead of time.
5. Invite someone you trust to attend the meeting with you to offer moral support, take notes, and help you stay on track.
6. If your child will be attending the ARD meeting, explain its purpose and what it will look like in a way they can understand.
7. Know your rights.


Download our "25 Tips for Effective ARD Meetings" factsheet by clicking here: https://prntexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/25-Tips-for-ARD-Meetings-Partners-Resource-Network.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2DlzS4-ad8aLhOpFtdt8f_ip9GNUMyPJRqMYnz3K8YX1MIqIqEqf4Gb6Y

JOIN US TODAY!!!Educational Options in TexasFREE WEBINAR!August 8, 2023 @ 12:00pm CSTThis workshop will help inform pare...
08/18/2023

JOIN US TODAY!!!

Educational Options in Texas

FREE WEBINAR!

August 8, 2023 @ 12:00pm CST

This workshop will help inform parents about some of the different educational options available in Texas for their children and how these different educational options provide special education services to students with disabilities. We will define the four main educational options in Texas, identify some key terminology for special education provision to students in the different educational options, and compare some of the different aspects of what special education services are available, and how these services are provided to students.

REGISTER HERE: Register here: https://bit.ly/3Y30isM

For more info:
Adrienne Williams
806-281-3495
[email protected]

August 31st 6:30 CST/5:30 MSTA safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and n...
08/17/2023

August 31st 6:30 CST/5:30 MST

A safe meet-up where teens can make friends, socialize and play games! Creative, fun, and new conversational topics every month.

This event is for youth with different abilities and disabilities, ages 14 and up.

Register at:
https://bit.ly/August-Hangout

Educational Options in TexasFREE WEBINAR!August 8, 2023 @ 12:00pm CSTThis workshop will help inform parents about some o...
08/17/2023

Educational Options in Texas

FREE WEBINAR!

August 8, 2023 @ 12:00pm CST

This workshop will help inform parents about some of the different educational options available in Texas for their children and how these different educational options provide special education services to students with disabilities. We will define the four main educational options in Texas, identify some key terminology for special education provision to students in the different educational options, and compare some of the different aspects of what special education services are available, and how these services are provided to students.

REGISTER HERE: Register here: https://bit.ly/3Y30isM

For more info:
Adrienne Williams
806-281-3495
[email protected]

Address

3 Butterfield Trail, Suite 128A
El Paso, TX
79906

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Friday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm

Telephone

+19152598717

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