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.
FREE Webinars
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12 pm Central Time
Learn about navigating the College Disability Services System

Friday, August 14, 2020  11 AM Central 

This webinar will provide a close look at shifting laws, how the system works at college (i.e., what students have to do if they want accommodations and what their rights are), and what documentation they might need to do so.

Register HERE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

July 2020 Special Education Newsletter from Texas Education Agency.  Read MORE>>
For YOUth

Distance Learning Activities to Help Transition-Age Youth Prepare for Adulthood

Stay-at-home orders can lead to learning experiences for transition-age students that are not typically available in the high school classroom. Distance Learning Activities During COVID-19 to Help Transition-Age Youth on an IEP Prepare for Adulthood is a new publication from PACER Center that provides families with a wealth of ideas about how they can work towards their transition IEP goals while at home. With support from the IEP team, youth can use this time to develop daily routines and learn skills to help them make the transition to adulthood during the school year and over the summer.

Heroes for Health, includes content created especially with front-line families in mind.
Click HERE for the content
Regional Workshops and Events
Region 5 - Beaumont
Regional Coordinator: Marion Campbell
Click HERE for Region 5 events.
Region 6 - Huntsville
Regional Coordinator: Gail Wright
Click HERE for Region 6 events.
Region 7 - Kilgore/Tyler
Regional Coordinator: Dee Lower
Click HERE for Region 7 events.
Region 8 - Texarkana
Regional Coordinator: Patricia Reedy
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Region 9 - Wichita Falls
Regional Coordinator: Darrell Ryan
Click HERE for Region 9 events.
Region 10 - Dallas
Regional Coordinator: Jim Wright
Click HERE for Region 10 events.
Region 11 - Fort Worth
Regional Coordinator: Shannon Rosson
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Region 12 - Waco
Valarie Estrada
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Region 13 - Austin
Regional Coordinator: Veronica Alvarez
Click HERE for Region 13 events.

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Articles of Interest
Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stressful for many people. People respond to stress in different ways, and it is normal to experience a range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and grief. Sharing accurate information about COVID-19 and strategies for coping can be an effective way to manage stress and connect with others.

Get shareable resources that feature NIMH experts discussing coping strategies and the mental health impact of COVID-19 in news stories, radio interviews, and videos.

Watch: Five Things About Staying Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

HERE is a compilation of links to FREE, HIGH-QUALITY  content for children and teens with different levels of reading proficiency.

This resource library is designed to help parents and educators easily navigate through the overwhelming amount of information available online on promoting literacy development in children of all ages.

Find resources for a specific skill, or use the structure to guide the development of critical literacy-related skills – the choice is yours!

How to Discipline Toddlers
As they test their independence, setting and enforcing limits is important. Read more>>
What Is Working Memory?   Read more>>
Study Pinpoints Autism Risk For Kids With Aunts, Uncles On The Spectrum
Children who have an aunt or uncle with autism are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with the developmental disorder too.  Read more>>
How to Help Kids Handle Disappointment
Tools for coping as the crisis, and the uncertainty, stretch on.  Read more>>
Funding and Services from Age 18
When a child who has a disability or special health care needs becomes a legal adult on their 18th birthday, many of the services they receive will change. And the way that they get help paying for those services will change too.  Read more >>
Why Do Kids Have Tantrums and Meltdowns?
Understanding them is the first step to reducing them.  Read more>>
Google Offering New Tools To Help Those With Disabilities
Helping Kids Who Struggle With Executive Functions  Read more>>
ED Issues Final Interpretation: Digital Materials Qualify as Accessible Instructional Materials for Students with Disabilities
To ensure eligible students have access to textbooks and other educational materials given technological advances in the creation of curricula, the U.S. Department of Education has issued a new interpretation of the phrase "printed textbooks and related core materials" in section 674(e)(3)(C) of IDEA to include digital instructional materials. 
Educational experts at MCPER have created videos to help parents and guardians use effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Videos will be posted regularly, so be sure to return to this page often to get the latest information.
Click HERE for the latest
Useful Guides/Toolkits
Building Your Child’s Life Skills: A Free Toolkit for Families
Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event: A Recovery Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders

This 9-page guide from the Child Mind Institute was assembled by psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts who specialize in crisis situations. It offers simple tips to parents and others on what to expect, what to do, and what to look out for. There are general suggestions as well as age-specific information.  
New Video Resources

CADRE's Dispute Resolution Parent Guides
CADRE has developed ten companion videos that correspond to each of the five IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides. These videos cover topics such as IEP Preparation, What to Expect After a Due Process Complaint is Filed, Preparing for Mediation, & more!
Click here to access the videos through CADRE's YouTube channel.
Family Guide to At-Home Learning

This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home.
Click HERE to get the Guide
What to know, from diagnosis to treatment, and how to deal with common challenges. 
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