Special Kids, Incorporated

Special Kids, Incorporated Empowering families through training, information, and support so children with disabilities can live a full life Special Kids, Incorporated (SKI), a Community Parent Resource Center, was founded in 1989 by two frustrated, take-action parents: Agnes Johnson and Rose Ferguson.
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At the kitchen table, Agnes and Rose started the SKI project because they both had children with unique needs. They were faced with the obstacles many parents faced of getting the educational services their children needed to be successful in school and in the community in which they lived.

At the kitchen table, Agnes and Rose started the SKI project because they both had children with unique needs. They were faced with the obstacles many parents faced of getting the educational services their children needed to be successful in school and in the community in which they lived.

Mission: Special Kids, Incorporated (SKI) is committed to empowering and supporting families of children and individuals with disabilities that have been traditionally underserved and under represented. SKI provides services to families and individuals with disabilities who also have limited access to information, resources and services regardless of their economical status. We assert the need for one-on-one service to help families gain quality assistance, comprehensive flexible service, and acknowledgement of the right of all children with or without disabilities to live life to their maximum potential and be an integral part of their community. VISION Special Kids, Incorporated (SKI) envisions a community that provides full service support to families of all children with or without disabilities that share the similar challenges of meeting the basic needs of the family; health care, educational resources, vocational training, social and economic development.

Operating as usual

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11/09/2020

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Tips for safely celebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19 pandemic!If someone is hosting a Thanksgiving gathering, even ami...
11/09/2020
Tips for safely celebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tips for safely celebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19 pandemic!

If someone is hosting a Thanksgiving gathering, even amid the virus, the CDC asks that people consider the following steps to keep everyone safe:

*Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities
*Try and limit guests to just people in the local area
*Limit the number of guests as much as possible
*Encourage guests to wear masks and use hand sanitizer
*Ask guests to "strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering"

The CDC released a list of suggestions for people to have good hygiene to reduce the risk of spreading germs around food and drinks:

*Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
*Instead of potluck, encourage everyone to have their own drinks and food
*Limit people around the food preparation area
*Wear a mask while preparing food or serving others
*Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items
*Avoid any self-serve food or drink options

FOR MORE TIPS AND INFORMATION: check out this link https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/steps-to-reduce-the-spread-of-covid-19-on-thanksgiving/507-b18f3aa4-6753-4de3-904d-e3001506abba

The CDC has issued some health and safety steps for Americans to take while celebrating Thanksgiving amid the pandemic.

ARE YOU PREPARED???
09/16/2020
ARE YOU PREPARED???

ARE YOU PREPARED???

GET READY NOW!!! Make A Donation! Empowering Families, Building Futures! Special Kids, Incorporated is hosting its annual Back to School differently! Drive-by Supply Pick-up Saturday September 19, 202

05/23/2020

Share your story of how your life has been a blessing to others....

05/23/2020

Your gift(s)are precious and could help so many. Are you using it/them ?

05/16/2020

You’re children are exceptional disabilities and all!!!
Congratulations Class of 2020!!!

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03/09/2020

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01/02/2020

Happy New Year! From the SKI Staff, Board of Directors, and Volunteers!!! Wishing all a blessed, healthy, & prosperous year!!!

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01/02/2020

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My favorite time of the year!!!
12/19/2019

My favorite time of the year!!!

12/10/2019

This year we are celebrating 30 years and our annual Christmas party was a huge success! Our goal was 200. But, we served over 235 guests this year. Families enjoyed the fun Cheerful Clowns, making Christmas crafts with volunteers for Hewlett Packard, music with the Conrad Johnson Jazz Band, and dancing with the 2Xclusive Dancer. Everyone got a picture with Santa and a lovely home-cooked holiday dinner prepared by Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church and served by the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. Each child took home a special Christmas gift. Without our donors, volunteers, and parents of children with disabilities this would not be possible. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

12/02/2019

Hello friends of SKI. We have raised $1500 which means we are halfway there to reaching our goal of $3000 for this year's 30th Annual Christmas Party. Donate today! All donations are tax-deductible. Giving to SKI is a good cause and a great end of the year tax break!!! Please help us reach our goal by December 5, 2019. Happy Holidays!!!

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12/02/2019

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11/24/2019

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11/24/2019

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11/17/2019
If you think your child's school is providing your student with a disability the best education and opportunities possib...
11/17/2019
Texas promised to fix special education, but students still report being denied

If you think your child's school is providing your student with a disability the best education and opportunities possible, THINK AGAIN! Read the article for details.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Students-denied-special-education-failing-schools-14831755.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HC_DailyHeadlines&utm_term=news&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Premium)&utm_source=share-by-email&utm_medium=email

Advocates say Texas officials are "ruining" generations of children by failing to fix special education

09/17/2019

“Intelligent Lives” National TV Premiere on October 22


Announcing the National Primetime Broadcast!
Intelligent Lives on America Reframed and World Channel
Intelligent Lives will be broadcast on
public television's "America ReFramed" series on the WORLD Channel!

Tuesday night, Oct. 22
8 ET / 7 CT / 10 MT / 9 PT

You can use this broadcast to open doors to inclusive education and employment. Here's how:

Mark your calendar to watch with family and friends.
Download our engagement guide with links to a social media kit, discussion guide, and more.
Spread the news by sharing the broadcast page by email and social media, or using posts and tweets from our social media toolkit.

Naieer Micah Naomie Chris and Jesse
Intelligent Lives tells the stories of three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Naieer Shaheed, Micah Fialka-Feldman, and Naomie Monplaisir – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the history and impact of intelligence testing.
FIND YOUR LOCAL STATION

Take Action. Challenge Expectations. Open Doors.

Follow this on social media for the latest INTELLIGENT LIVES news and resources
Facebook, Twitter, ‌Instagram, and ‌LinkedIn

09/14/2019
09/14/2019

Hey everyone, put this on your calendar and if you can sponsor some games, candy, goody bags, and/or refreshments or give a donation. Please contact the coordinator. This family has been a part of SKI since 2015. Let's support this event. Have a great weekend!!!

09/14/2019

Register for the Strong Schools Summit

The 4th Annual Summit on Advancing Behavioral Health Collaboratives for Student Success takes place on Nov. 6, 2019, at the Hilton Austin. The theme this year is Strong Schools-Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Texas.

This summit takes place before the 2019 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health held on Nov. 7-8, also at Hilton Austin.

Features of the summit:

Evidence-based best practices for school mental health
Model school-behavioral health programs and practices
Texas Education Agency and Texas Health and Human Services Commission strategies to promote student success
Texas’ Project AWARE plan
Summit attendees include school administrators and counselors, local mental health authorities, and educational service centers.

Register for this event or get more information. Space is limited. Register now.

Participating Organizations: Texas Education Agency, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, University of Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, Texas State School Safety Center, and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network.

TEA Special Education Webinar SeriesIn response to input from numerous stakeholders, TEA began holding webinars in early...
08/28/2019

TEA Special Education Webinar Series
In response to input from numerous stakeholders, TEA began holding webinars in early 2019 related to various topics regarding special education in Texas. Feedback on these initial webinars was so positive that TEA has scheduled several subsequent webinars on additional topics. For the schedule and registration information, please click the link below. Note that the webinars will be recorded for viewing at your convenience. Recordings can be accessed through the same registration link listed on the schedule. If you have specific topics that you'd recommend TEA host a webinar for, please email [email protected].



Register for a Webinar:https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Special%20Education%20Division%20Webinars-Aug19%20-%20Jan%2020%20%28003%29.pdf

08/24/2019

Del Mar College received an 800,000 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund, and will be offering a FREE 10 week carpentry training program for anyone age 18 plus. Free tuition, tools, equipment, and protective gear. Classes Monday-Thursday, 8-5. Space is limited. Students will earn their OSHA 30 Card and will be assisted with job placement. To register, call 361-790-3189. The classes will be offered in the following cities:

08/21/2019
txschools.gov

Good News!!!

https://cw39.com/2019/08/16/hisd-receives-b-overall-rating-from-texas-education-agency/

The Texas Education Agency handed out their accountability ratings for school districts across the state for the 2018-2019 school year. HISD earned a grade of 88%, an overall "B" rating. 92% of HISD schools earned a passing grade.

Nine campuses got off of the state’s “improvement required” list. This is the first year that the TEA used an A-F grading scale to score each school in the district.

They are graded on are student achievement, academic growth, relative performance, and improvement over time.

The grades were announced during an assembly Thursday at Kashmere High School, one of the schools that got off the improvement required list.

Out of the 271 rated HISD campuses, 250 earned a passing grade. 57 HISD campuses earned an “A”, 78 got "B"s, 86 schools earned "C"s, 29 got "D"s and 21 schools received an "F" rating.

Interim HISD superintendent Grenita Lathan acknowledged both the district’s success and its need to continue to improve.

“Our students demonstrated significant gains and we are committed to empowering them to thrive academically and we’re not resting. We know we still have a lot of work to do. We still have to continue to close the gaps," said Lathan.

Wheatley High School is one school in particular that has received low marks for the past several years and that may pose a problem for the district. Its track record could mean more state involvement.

If you want to see how your child's school scored, head to https://txschools.gov/.

Opportunities for Texas VeteransTexas veterans and their families sometimes suffer in silence from military-related trau...
08/14/2019
Homepage | Mental Health Texas

Opportunities for Texas Veterans

Texas veterans and their families sometimes suffer in silence from military-related traumas. They may not know where to turn to for help. Texas Health and Human Services are committed to creating opportunities for veterans and their families to seek mental health services tailored to help with military-related traumas. Hear inspirational stories to learn how you can find help through the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program.

For more information, visit www.mentalhealthtx.org.

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08/07/2019

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9001 Airport Blvd
Houston, TX
77061

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Special Kids, Inc. works tirelessly to support Houston-area parents and caregivers of children with all disabilities. Consulting one on one with parents, facilitating meaningful workshops to train professionals and service providers, or providing hands-on training for parents and assistance to meet the surmounting needs of children and their families. We promote and cultivate the ultimate long-term success of our families which is the driving force in our organization.

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Now I know that there has been a lot of scandalous people asking for donations through Go Fund Me but, y'all know SKI is legit. We have been hosting this Christmas Party for 29 years and It not a hoax. The Santa you see in this picture is Texas State Rep. Jarvis Johnson (https://jarvisjohnson.org/) and those people in the background of this photo are real families who attending the party in 2017. Please give to our cause. We are just a small non-profit trying to help has many families as we can to have a very merry Christmas. Will you please help??? https://www.gofundme.com/2018-ski-christmas-party?member=1101128
Hi everyone. Happy Holidays!!! Yes, It is that time of the year again. Please help us reach our goal. Thank you!!!
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