Resources for Parents


Resources for Parents

Special Education Referral Information:  See PDF below titled "Special Education Referral Information". 
Page 1 of the PDF is in English. Page 2 of the PDF is in Spanish.
La página 1 del PDF está en inglés. La página 2 del PDF está en español.


Special Olympics S.O. Connected


Mrs. R's O&M / VI  Resource Wall
Graduation and Transition:
  •  TEA Graduation Tool Kit - This tool kit, published by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), provides information regarding graduation for all students.  See pdf below.          

  •  The purpose of this website is to provide viewers with knowledge of the secondary transition process to facilitate student progress toward attainment of their postsecondary goals.  On this site you will find resources for students, parents, educators, and agency resources.    
  • This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school. You may access the Spanish version on Page 1 by clicking on "Spanish."
  • Link: Supported decision making      

    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.” 

  • Link: Region 12 Transition Resources                                                                                                                         Student-centered transition resources                                                                                                                           
Parent Companion - "A guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age. You are not alone. We can help."
Surrogate Parents - For information in English and in Spanish, click on the link below:   

Link: Legal Framework for Child-Centered Process

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.

Link:  TEA Special Education Resources, A-Z Link  

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.

Link: Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Link: Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Proteccion

Link: Guide to the ARD Process
Link: Guia Para el Proceso de Adminsion, Repaso, y Retiro

Link: Texas Project First   

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: Educational Service Center 12 (ESC 12)

The Garrett Center


Navigate Life Texas


Social Security Work Incentives


Central Counties MHMR services


Texas Workforce Solution Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Health and Human Services Commission


Department of Aging and Disability services


Department of State Health Services:


Department of Family and Protective Services:


 Acronyms - for a list of common acronyms used in Special Education, see PDF below.

 Related Services Q&A  - this document was updated by TEA in August, 2009 and answers some of the common questions about related services.  See pdf below.


Early Childhood Texas aims to provide families with young children easy access to Texas state agency programs, services, and resources.