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Update 12.2.14

On Line Training On IEP Paperwork

Local Parent Training Resources:
Various local agencies and parent organizations also provide parent training. To find services, groups and events in your area, just enter your zip code or county in the search boxes on:

Navigate Life Texas - Resources for kids with disabilities and special health care needs.

Regional Service Center Parent Trainings:

The Regional Education Service Centers  (ESC) provide statewide leadership on a variety of activities.  All service centers have Professional Development catalogs that list the variety of trainings.  If you find a training you are interested in and there is a fee, sometimes as a parent you may request the service center if they can waive the fee.  We cannot guarantee that the fee will be waived, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.  Each ESC has Special Education Support Contacts – these people are also good contacts for parent training opportunities.

Click here  for a listing of your ESC training events that are being offered 
specifically for Parents.

Free On Line Trainings:

You may come across TETNs on some of the Texas Education Agency  website  pages you visit.  These are called: Texas Education Teleconference Network trainings ( TETN s).  You may have to contact your local education service center to participate in these trainings.

In addition, many of the statewide leadership functions have developed FREE online training modules that are available to parents.  Here is a listing of some of those trainings (Please note – if there is no training, we have just provided you with a link to the statewide leadership service center):

Assessment Resources – Presentations, Conferences, and TETNs

Assistive Technology  (AT) – Texas Assistive Technology Network (ESC4):

  • Modules on AT Consideration, Legal, Administration, Evaluation, Implementation, Reading and Writing, Transition
  • Blogs, Webcasts, and other AT resources

Autism  – Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism (ESC 13)

  • Autism 101
  • Asperger Syndrome 101
  • Autism for the General Ed. Teacher
  • Classroom Organization
  • Navigating the Social Maze
  • Communication
  • Solving the Behavior Puzzle
  • Futures Planning

Behavior  – Texas Behavior Support Initiative (ESC 4)

  • Modules on Schoolwide and Individual Interventions, Time Out, Prevention/De-escalation Techniques - Log onto Professional Development/Register Online and search for Positive Behavior Support

Blind & Visually Impaired

Career and Technology – Special Populations Training & Resource Center by AgriLIFE Extenstion at Texas A&M – videos

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Deaf Blind Outreach  – Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia – ESC 10

Facilitating IEPs  – ESC 13

Low Incidence Disabilities – ESC 3

Math  – Texas: Algebra Ready (TXAR)

Multicultural & Diverse Learners   - ESC 1


Reading – Vaughn Gross Center for Reading & Language Arts

Social Emotional Wellness In Schools  – Videos, Resources, It’s Being Done!

Standards Based Individual Education Programs   (IEPs) – Access to the General Curriculum (ESC 20)

Surrogate Parent Training  – ESC 9

Transition  – Transition in Texas (ESC 11)

Universal Design  – ESC 4

ESC 20  has a variety of videos online for viewing:

  • Advocating for your Child
  • Preventing Conflict in Special Education
  • Strengthening our Relationships when Our Children have Disabilities
  • Feeling Better When We Feel Bad
  • Apoyando a su Hijo – La Prevención de Conflictos en Educación Especial
  • Fortaleciendo Relaciones
  • Sintiéndonos Mejor Cuando Nos Sentimos Mal

ESC 13  has a variety of videos online for viewing (Click on  Region XIII TV ):

  • Curriculum - Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies ideas on how to teach
  • Special Education - PLAAFP, Classroom demos
  • Accountability – Assessment choice
  • Special Programs – PBIS, ELL, Dyslexia, Early Childhood
  • FIEP – A Facilitated IEP Meeting  – Model FIEP Video
  • Transition Videos for Families – Topics include Behavior, Collaborative Teaming, Family Consortium, Relationship Talks, SSI/Medicaid Eligibility, Medicaid Waivers, Personal Network, Futures Planning, Guardianship, and Everyone Must Work.

Using Effective Communication Skills  (for parents and professionals participating in Facilitated IEP Meetings) – Open-ended Questions, Using Neutral Language, Problem Solving

Additional Online Training Modules:

NICHCY Building the Legacy: A Training Curriculum on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Accessible Educational Materials Tutorials – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Americans with Disabilities Act –  Independent Living Research Utilization  (ILRU) – Webinars, Teleconferences, and Online Learning

OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support:

OSEP – IDEAS That Work  Online Academy  at Univ. of Kansas

  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Reading Instruction
  • Technology in Education

Dispute Resolution – CADRE, The National Center on Dispute Resolution

Medicaid Waiver 101  (video) – UT Texas Center for Disability Studies, Imagine Enterprises, and Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

Response To Intervention  – US Dept of Education

Social & Emotional Learning  – Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

  • Transition Assessment Toolkit
  • Powerpoints & Examples of Transition Planning for Students with Significant Disabilities
  • Writing Post Secondary Goals video
  • Completing a Summary of Performance video & Webinars
  • Customized Employment Teleconference
  • Lesson Plan Library

Health Care Transitions – The Institute for Child Health Policy at the Univ. of FL

Dave Hingsburger Sexuality & Disability Resources  - Videos on Prevention of Abuse, Bullying & Teasing, Healthy Relationships, etc.

Transition Coalition  – University of Kansas

  • Online Training Modules on Self Determination, Transition Assessment, etc.
  • Podcasts on Customized Employment
  • Presentations on a variety of topics

Minnesota  Partners In Policymaking Training Modules  (Disability History, Education, Making Your Case, Employment, Life)





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