Supported decision-making is “A process of supporting and accommodating an adult with a disability to enable the adult to make life decisions, including decisions related to where the adult wants to live, the services, supports, and medical care the adult wants to receive, whom the adult wants to live with, and where the adult wants to work, without impeding the self-determination of the adult.”
The Legal Framework is a statewide leadership project partnering the Texas Education Agency and Region 18 Education Service Center. The project which includes contacts from each educational service center is a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format.
Learning Ally is a national not-for-profit dedicated to bringing parents, teachers and the community together to empower dyslexic, blind or visually impaired students to succeed.
People often refer to education-related topics by different terms. Recognizing this, the TEA has listed many such terms with links to the appropriate information on their site.
This website is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.
Link: Special Education Commonly Used Terms for English/Spanish Interpreters
The Garrett Center
Navigate Life Texas
Social Security Work Incentives
Central Counties MHMR services
Texas Workforce Solution Vocational Rehabilitation Services http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/vocational-rehabilitation-youth-students
Health and Human Services Commission
Department of Aging and Disability services https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability
Department of State Health Services:
Department of Family and Protective Services:
- for a list of common acronyms used in Special Education, see PDF below.
Resources for Parents of DE/HOH Students
Language Activities for kids with a cochlear implant goo.gl/VhW0aA
Sign Language Sites:
Texas Connect is an unbiased non-commercial internet resource for parents of children with hearing loss. See link below.
Texas Deaf Ed.org - is "committed to being the 'crossroads' where support, information and resources converge for Texas deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and the professionals who serve them." See link below.
Success for Kids with Hearing Loss This is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking more information about the learning and social issues of children with hearing loss and what you can do to better support the future success of these children. http://successforkidswithhearingloss.com/