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Partners Resource Network PATH Project is one of three Texas Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) funded through the Department of Education.  We provide free information, technical assistance and ARD support to parents of children with special needs.
Our mission is to empower parents of children with disabilities to be effective advocates for their children and to promote positive parent/professional partnership.
Do you want to help parent and self-advocates:
· Understand disabilities   · Find program and service options   · Build a support network   · Participate as team members with professionals during IEP preparation   · Understand state and federal laws   · Communicate more effectively with professionals· Gain needed advocacy skills    

We have an opening for a part-time Bilingual Outreach Coordinator-Serving ESC Regions 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (Tyler/Henderson, Texarkana, Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Fort Worth)
To learn more about this position click HERE
FREE Webinars
ADHD EXPERT WEBINAR
How to Become an Executive Function Detective: Solving ADHD Problems at School and Home
Live Webinar on March 11 @ 12 pm CT
ADHD and Food Dyes, Nutrition, and Supplements: The Latest Science On What Dietary Changes Improve (or Worsen) Symptoms.  
Your input is needed to help shape the future of VR services in Texas
Regional Workshops and Events
Region 5 - Beaumont
Regional Coordinator: Marion Campbell
MCambellpath@gmail.com
409-790-0741
Click HERE for Region 5 events.
Region 6 - Huntsville
Regional Coordinator: Gail Wright
GWrightpath@gmail.com
936-348-0013
Click HERE for Region 6 events.
Region 7 - Kilgore/Tyler
Regional Coordinator: Dee Lower
DLowerpath@gmail.com
903-541-1134
Click HERE for Region 7 events.
Region 8 - Texarkana
Regional Coordinator: Patricia Reedy
PReedyPath@gmail.com
903-747-0010

 
Region 9 Coordinator - Wichita Falls
IN TRAINING
For assistance, contact Linda Westrick

Lwestrickpath@gmail.com
972-561-0492
Region 10 - Dallas
Regional Coordinator: Jim Wright
JWrightpath@gmail.com
469-388-8662
Click HERE for Region 10 events.
Region 11 - Fort Worth
Regional Coordinator: Shannon Rosson
SRossonpath@gmail.com
817-757-3572
Click HERE for Region 11 events.
Region 12 - Waco
Valarie Estrada
Region12prn@gmail.com
254-275-1362
Click HERE for Region 12 events.

 
Region 13 - Austin
Regional Coordinator: Veronica Alvarez
VAlvarezpath@gmail.com
512-969-1848
Click HERE for Region 13 events.

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Outreach Coordinator
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HERE to see the job posting
For assistance, contact the Beaumont Office at 409-898-4684 or PathProject@sbcglobal.net
Articles of Interest
School Lunch Program "Simplified"  

The Trump administration proposed on January 17, 2020, a new set of rules concerning school lunches. As was the case in 2018, these proposals would roll back a few of the nutritional guidelines that were set during the Obama presidency, but the program would not be canceled altogether.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a set of proposed rules aimed at “simplifying” the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

According to the USDA, under the school meals proposed rule, school nutrition professionals have more flexibility to serve appetizing and healthy meals that appeal to their students’ preferences and subsequently reduce food waste. The proposed rule also encourages state and local operators to focus resources on feeding children rather than administrative paperwork. These improvements build on the 2018 reforms that preserve strong nutrition standards while providing schools the additional flexibility they need to best serve students. 

However, the USDA released a report in April 2019 which found that serving nutritional foods did not result in a significant increase in cost or in food waste. The Trump administration’s newly proposed rules will be open for public comments until March 2020. 

To learn more, visit the US Department of Agriculture.

How to Make SSI Work for You: Simply Said
This youth- and family-friendly video from PACER Center focuses on how to find help available to youth and young adults with disabilities after they leave high school.
More Than Just Worried
One quarter of children with ADHD have comorbid anxiety, yet we're still working to understand what it means when the conditions overlap, and how best to respond.  Keep reading →
The Transition to Independent Living: What Parents Can Do Now
Housing Providers Must Accommodate Service Animals, Feds Say
What to Do If Your Child Says “No One Will Play With Me”
7 Ways to Enhance Your Child's Study Space
Children’s Books Win Awards For Disability Storylines
ADHD and Driving: Keeping Teens Safe
Clear rules, extra time to learn and zero distractions. 
Read more>>
Military Families Take Fight For Special Education To Capitol Hill
VIDEO: Stress and Resilience:  How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It
Why Does My Child Have Trouble Reading Body Language?
Historical Perspective — 100 Years of Vocational Rehabilitation

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military.

Visit the Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary page to follow along with the RSA’s year-long VR100 celebration.
Useful Toolkits

English Learner Family Toolkit

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Contact us at:
1090 Longfellow Drive
Beaumont, TX 77706
Phone: 409.898.4684
Toll Free: 1.800.866.4726
Fax: 409.898.4869
pathproject@sbcglobal.net

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