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Resources for Parents


Resources for Parents

Graduation and Transition:
  •  TEA Graduation Took Kit - This took kit, published by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), provides information regarding graduation for all students.  See pdf below.          
  • Link: Transition Guide from Federal Government              
  • Link: Transitions In Texas   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.    
  • Link: Transition in Texas Education Guide  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."
  • Transition Planning in Texas - Fast Facts for Parents    


    Link (in English)    


    Link (in 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.”  



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.

Link: https://learningally.org/   

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: Special Education Commonly Used Terms for English/Spanish Interpreters

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 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:



 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.



Resources for Parents of DE/HOH Students

Language Activities for kids with a cochlear implant                             goo.gl/VhW0aA


Signed Stories:                      





Signed Science: 


Sign Language Sites:       




General Information:

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/