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Welcome to Partners Resource Network PACT Project 

 
Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the statewide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI's). The PACT Project  is one of the four federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) operated by PRN. We serve Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26 living in Education Service Center (ESC) Regions 7810, and 11.
 
We can help you understand your child’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.

PACT Project  Regional Coordinators (RC) offer the following assistance: 

-  Individual assistance over the phone and in-person
-  Workshops and webinars on a variety of special education topics
-  Access to resources such as printed publications and online courses
 
Contact us at 469.712.8409 or 1.855.974.1368 and we will put you in touch with the PACT Regional Coordinator (RC) helping parents and families in your area.

  We use Facebook daily to share information, inspiration and upcoming events. 

All of our services are provided at no cost to parents of infants,
toddlers, children and youth with all types of disabilities.

 

 

PACT Project Webinars & IEP Clinics 

Grab your calendar and make plans to attend one or more events below. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear from our engaging and knowledgeable Regional Coordinators. Click on the date to be redirected to additional information and the opportunity to register.
YOUTH WORKSHOPS
The intent of this workshop is to teach you about the process of getting and keeping a job. The learning points are:
1) We will discuss pre-employment preparations such as writing your resume and skills for acing your interview.
2) We will address the topic of disability disclosure and requesting accommodations in the work place.
3) You will learn about key skills for keeping and being successful at your job and we’ll introduce some resources available to help you in the workplace.
7/13 @ 4 PM Self-Advocacy and Education
The intent of this workshop is to teach youth (age 8th grade to 26 years) with disabilities how to self-advocate. Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination..
7/19 @ 12 PM Differences or Disabilities
The intent of this workshop is to help you learn to recognize your strengths and learning difficulties in order to maximize your potential. In this workshop, we will discuss various disabilities and how to identify your strengths and specific learning differences. By understanding how differences and disabilities impact learning, you become a more empowered self-advocate.
7/19 @ 6:30 PM Differences or Disabilities
The intent of this workshop is to help you learn to recognize your strengths and learning difficulties in order to maximize your potential. In this workshop, we will discuss various disabilities and how to identify your strengths and specific learning differences. By understanding how differences and disabilities impact learning, you become a more empowered self-advocate.
7/21 @ 4:30 PM Self-Advocacy and Education
The intent of this workshop is to teach youth (age 8th grade to 26 years) with disabilities how to self-advocate. Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.
8/2 @ 12 PM Differences or Disabilities
The intent of this workshop is to help you learn to recognize your strengths and learning difficulties in order to maximize your potential. In this workshop, we will discuss various disabilities and how to identify your strengths and specific learning differences. By understanding how differences and disabilities impact learning, you become a more empowered self-advocate.
8/2 @ 6:30 PM Differences or Disabilities
The intent of this workshop is to help you learn to recognize your strengths and learning difficulties in order to maximize your potential. In this workshop, we will discuss various disabilities and how to identify your strengths and specific learning differences. By understanding how differences and disabilities impact learning, you become a more empowered self-advocate.

PARENT/CAREGIVERS & PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS:
 
7/6 @ 2 PM Solving the Employment Puzzle for Youth Disabilities
This workshop will provide parents and youth with practical, hands-on strategies to help reach a student’s employment-related transition goals. Participants will learn about post-secondary services that are available and how to obtain them.
7/13 @ 2 PM ADHD 
This workshop will provide an overview of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how parents can obtain additional assistance for their child in the public school setting. The discussion will also include a definition of the types of ADHD, why diagnosis is important, possible causes, and suggestions for helping the child learn new and appropriate behaviors.
7/20 @ 1 PM  Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
This workshop will provide participants with a practical understanding of what bullying is and the impact it can have on children with disabilities. We will learn about the different types of bullying, intervention strategies and the role that adults can play in the prevention of bullying.
7/20 @ 10 AM  Positive Behavior Intervention
This workshop will help families understand the reason for behavioral assessments and positive interventions with a focus on behaviors that serve a specific purpose for a student. We will discuss using positive consequences versus punishment to change behavior, as well as what IDEA 2004 says concerning positive behavior interventions.
7/20 @ 11:30 AM  Restraint and Seclusion
Learn about what restraint and seclusion really are and the possible dangers and risks associated with the use of these methods. Learn about the required training for personnel on the use of preventative & de-escalation techniques, the warning signs of the use of restraint techniques, and tips for parents to address behavior in school.
7/29 @ 12 PM Transition from ECI to Public School
Learn what you need to know about the process of Transition from ECI to Public School and the difference in services between IDEA Part C (Birth to age 3) and Part B (Ages 3 to 21).
7/29 @ 6 PM  Transition from ECI to Public School
Learn what you need to know about the process of Transition from ECI to Public School and the difference in services between IDEA Part C (Birth to age 3) and Part B (Ages 3 to 21).
IEP Clinics help you understand what your rights are under IDEA and to learn about the ARD/IEP planning process.
Please contact your RC directly to schedule your appointment. 




Region 7
Dee Lower: 903-541-1134 

Region 8

Patricia Reedy: 903-747-0010

Region 10

Jim Wright: 489-388-8662

Region 11 South

Christy Balraj 817-757-3572

Region 11 North

Pamela Householder  469-781-6813

 

PARENT LEADERSHIP TRAINING (PLT)

Partners Resource Network’s Leadership Vision:
…to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on parents helping parents.

With our Parent Leadership Program you will:
Þ Learn valuable tools to help your own child(ren) and to a become a difference in other parents’ lives as a volunteer, at your comfort level.
Þ Receive training and support for a better understanding of the ARD Process and IDEA.
Þ Learn about communication styles and reading body language.
Þ Understand key differences between assertiveness and aggressiveness.
Þ Get insight in how others may perceive your words and/or actions.
Þ Learn strategies to help you collaborate as a vital member of the ARD Committee and help other parents realize the same.
Þ Gain the confidence to not only help you navigate the special education process, but to help other parents do so as well.
 
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARENT LEADERSHIP TRAINING,
PLEASE CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE REGIONAL COORDINATOR.


UPCOMING PLT EVENTS:
7/22 Contact region8prn@gmail.com
8/3, 8/4 & 8/5 Contact region10prn@gmail.com
 


YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING (YLT)

Self-Advocacy is, ‘[…]one form of advocacy, occurring any time people speak or act on their own behalf to improve their quality of life, effect personal change, or correct inequalities’” (Concunan-Lahr and Brotherson as cited in Brown, 1999).
How can Partners Resource Network help your students become an advocate for themselves when transitioning to adulthood?
 
Þ We can work with teachers, community groups, juvenile justice, and others in order to promote and teach self-advocacy in the daily lives of the special abilities youth.
Þ We can tailor workshops and trainings to meet varying ranges of abilities.
Þ A majority of our youth events focus on peer to peer interactions, which gives real life evidence of the power of self-advocacy.
Þ No matter what the youth’s trajectory in life, once they become an adult, they will need to be able to speak up about their needs and wants.
Þ Even if you are not sure about how we can collaborate on youth advocacy, give us a call and we can figure it out together.


IF YOUR YOUTH IS INTERESTED IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING, PLEASE CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE REGIONAL COORDINATOR.

UPCOMING YLT EVENTS:
7/7, 7/8 & 7/9 Contact region8prn@gmail.com
7/12 Contact region11prn@gmail.com
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives a parent the right to equal participation in the development of their child’s Individual Education Plan. These rights are often referred to as Procedural Safeguards.

You can read about your procedural safeguards in English or Español
 
 

Statute

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law, or statute, authorizing:

  1. formula grants to states
  2. discretionary grants to state educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and other nonprofit organizations

Sections of the IDEA Statute

The IDEA statute includes four parts:

Part A. General Provisions

Part A outlines IDEA’s general provisions, including the purpose of IDEA and the definitions used throughout the statute.

Part B. Assistance for All Children with Disabilities

Part B includes provisions related to formula grants that assist states in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities ages three through 21.

Part C. Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

Part C includes provisions related to formula grants that assist states in providing early intervention services for infants and toddlers birth through age two and their families.

Part D. National Activities to Improve Education of Children with Disabilities

Part D includes provisions related to discretionary grants to support state personnel development, technical assistance and dissemination, technology, and parent-training and information centers.

Complete IDEA Statute


Regulations

The U.S. Department of Education issues regulations to implement the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


IDEA Part B Regulations (also referred to as Part 300)

Part B Regulations implement the Assistance for the Education of Children with Disabilities and Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities.

IDEA Part C Regulations (also referred to as Part 303)

Part C Regulations implement the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities.

Published Notices of IDEA Regulations

Agencies write federal regulations to implement and enforce the statutes passed by Congress.

Periodically, the department issues new or revised regulations, known as Final Regulations, to address the implementation and interpretation of the IDEA.

Texas Workforce Commission  
 
TWC Debuts ‘Start My VR’ Online Self-Referral for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

 
The Texas Workforce Commission is introducing “Start My VR” an online self-referral portal for prospective vocational rehabilitation customers, providing a convenient way for individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment to inquire about Vocational Rehabilitation Services and/or be connected to a Vocational Rehabilitation staff member.

Click here for tips for building your own resume.
 
 
 
Don’t focus on what she can’t do. Focus on what she can do. Like a boss. ~ Lisa Thornbury
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“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It’s about understanding that they are exactly the person they are supposed to be and that, if you’re lucky, they just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.” ~ Joan Ryan
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“One of the great things that any community can do is not teach tolerance, but live tolerance, not talk respect, but live inclusivity.”  ~ Michael Pritchard
 


Past Webinars – Recordings and Resources

2021 Statewide and Collaborative Webinar Series


SUMMER with a Twist

 
Have you heard the phrase- “Kids thrive on routine”? That is because routines help provide a rhythm to the day. Routines help children cooperate, regulate feelings, and decrease stress. Now that summer is here, the lack of regular routine from school can cause summer days to feel long, leaving parents pondering how to keep their little ones occupied. Let us give this Summer a Twist by incorporating occupational therapy activities. Below are some ideas to keep kids engaged and happy.

Sensory Activities: Sensory Processing is the process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment. Therefore, sensory processing allows one’s body to work effectively within the environment. We may all be familiar with the five senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste, but did you know sensory also includes two additional senses? Proprioceptive input includes movements like pushing, pulling, climbing, lifting, and weight-bearing. Anytime your muscles, tendons, or joints receive active input against gravity, you are activating the proprioception system. Vestibular input comes from our inner ear. Whenever the fluid in our inner ear moves and touches the little hair follicles inside, it lets us know how our body is moving. Below are some fun ways to engage your child’s senses this summer:
  • Baking- a fun way to incorporate all the senses. The feel of the ingredients, the sound of the blender, the smell of a freshly baked good, and of course, the sight and taste of the finished product. Let your child, measure, whisk, and fold ingredients together for some proprioceptive play.
  • Obstacle courses- a creative way to incorporate vestibular and proprioceptive input. During summer, you can utilize scooters, hopscotch, hula hoops and more. Have your child sequence steps to the obstacle course, allowing for weight bearing and vestibular components. This will help your little one stay regulated throughout the day.
  • Bubble Foam- a fun summer project. To make bubble foam, you will need tear-free bath soap, water, food coloring, a big bowl, and a blender or hand mixer. You simply whisk together two parts water with one part bath soap with a blender or hand mixer, on high. Mix-in desired color or colors. You can hide foam letters to work on letter recognition or drive different cars through the foam. Your little one might want to hide puzzle pieces and then scoop them with kitchen utensils. The options are endless!
Fine Motor Activities: Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. Kids rely on these skills to complete key tasks in everyday life. Playing and learning with our hands is how we develop the dexterity needed for dressing, manipulating toys, utilizing pencils, crayons, and scissors, and so much more. Below are some fun ways to engage your child’s fine motor skills this summer:
  • Sidewalk chalk- Your child can work on drawing shapes, letters, or cool pictures. Try drawing a small maze for your little one to trace, or a larger maze for your little one to walk on. You can also use sidewalk paint or simply let your little one draw with paintbrushes and water.
  • Summer crafts- Pom poms, beads, and clothespins are great tools to help build fine motor skills. You can make butterflies, bees, crocodiles, or birds. Gather some constructions paper, scissors, and glue to make fun crafts like flowers or dinosaurs!
  • Crafts with recyclables- Do you have egg cartons, milk jugs, or empty spice containers? You can push dry noodles or pipe cleaners through the holes of the spice containers or make new holes in egg cartons. Your little one can place pom poms inside empty milk jugs, while learning to open and close the container. If you do not have recyclables available, you can simply use common kitchen items such as a colander, whisk, penne pasta, or baking bowls. You can thread penne pasta onto pipe cleaners, capture pom poms with a whisk, or categorize different foods into baking bowls. So much fun!
If you are concerned about your child’s ability to complete daily tasks, attend, or play with others, contact our team today. We would love to help! Click here for more information.

Do you have questions about your child's future?


Below are just some of the virtual webinars one organization is providing for families:
  • What is The Youth Empowerment Services Waiver (YES) and How Can it Help My Family?
  • Government Benefits 101 For your Special Needs Family Member
  • Are You Prepared? Wills, Probate, and Other Planning Documents to Think About 
Click here to learn more.

Guide By Your Side (GBYS) is a replicable family support program that embodies the mission and vision of Hands & Voices, which is to provide unbiased support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

  • Free 
  • Unbiased Support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) 
  • Parent & DHH Guides work with families · Sharing experiences & resources 
  • Offered in English, Spanish and ASL 
  • Unique Support 

 

Texas Hands & Voices GBYS is here to offer our help and support...all you have to do is ask!  

Want to meet the team?   https://txhv.org/gbys-team

How to Organize a Sizzlin’ Summer Survival Plan

Excerpt from https://theorganizercoach.com

  • Organize your household according to family use-packed beach bags, outdoor toys in mobile containers, bikes easily accessible for kids
  • Organize and delegate “Special Events” to older kids (either your own or “borrow” your neighbor’s kids)

  • Plan one day each week to visit a local special person/place/or thing- and take lots of pictures

  • Organize a “Rainy Day” basket – fill with an assortment of arts and crafts and create an “imagination station”

  • Organize a quiet zone in your home and create a cozy nook where family members can curl up in comfy chairs or sprawl out on blankets and read or be read to for at least 30 minutes daily

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The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M200043. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
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