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Parent Information and Education

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The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

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Parent Handbook for Special Education from Education Service Center (ESC) Region 13

This Parent Handbook for Special Education is a great resource for parents to assist in navigating the special education process! This handbook follows the Child-Centered Special Education Process - from general education intervention and referral to exit from special education services. The handbook is more about facilitation and collaboration and less about rules.


Guidance for the Model Individualized Education (IEP) Program from the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Guidance for the Model IEP Form

This Guidance for the Model Individualized Education (IEP) Program document is a valuable resource for parents that describes all parts of an individualized education program (IEP) that is created for students receiving special education services.


Free Transition/Employment Planning Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin - Texas Center for Disability Studies

Free online webinar designed to provide training to parents of children with autism about transition to adulthood planning. You can attend the webinar on your own time schedule. More information on how to participate.


Region 4 Training

Many training opportunities are offered through Region 4 Education Support Center.


Special Education Rules and Regulations

The purpose of the Special Education Rules and Regulations Side-by-Side is to assist educators, parents and other stakeholders in better understanding federal regulations (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), state law (Texas Education Code) and state rules (Texas Administrative Code: Commissioner's and State Board of Education Rules Concerning Special Education).