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Welcome to the PACT Project

The PACT Project is one of three federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) serving Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26. We serve families living in ESC regions 7, 8, 10, and 11.

PACT Regional Coordinators are here for you! We can help you understand your child’s disability, understand your rights and responsibilities under IDEA, obtain and evaluate resources and services for your child, and fully participate as a team member with professionals in planning services for your child.

What kind of assistance does PACT offer?

  • Individual assistance over the phone and in-person
  • Workshops and webinars on a variety of special education topics
  • Access to resources such as printed publications and online courses
Contact us at 1.877.762.1435 and we will put you in touch with the PACT Regional Coordinator helping parents and families in your area.

All of our services are provided at no cost to parents of infants, toddlers, children and youth with all types of disabilities.

PACT offers many services and can provide contacts for other national, state and community resources, so chances are, there is something to fit your needs.
Upcoming Events
    
Dec 11, 2020  12:00 PM
Presents or your PRESENCE? What your children really want for Christmas this year! with Shirley Agan and Patricia Reedy
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here to register.
This session will give parents ideas on how to spend quality time with their child(ren) during their holiday break. Activities will show how important it is to be PRESENT in their lives.

Dec 14, 2020 06:30 PM
Texas Autism Supplement with Dee Lower

FACEBOOK LIVE: https://www.facebook.com/PACTProject.PRN
This workshop will introduce the eleven strategies that must be considered for educational programming for students with autism in Texas public schools. Participants will be provided with tools & tables for individualized development of these eleven strategies.

Dec 16, 2020 11:30 AM with Jim Wright
Lunch N Learn - Self-Care for the Caregiver

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here to register.
It is important for parents and other caregivers to understand the importance of self-care and being open to sharing the responsibility of caregiving. We will help caregivers come up with a plan to share caregiving responsibilities that also allows them time for addressing their own self-care needs.


Dec 16, 2020 1:00-4:00 PM
IEP Clinic with Jim Wright

To register, email jwrightpath@gmail.com
What is an IEP Clinic? An IEP Clinic is a designated appointment time to meet with your Regional Coordinator. There are different ways your Regional Coordinator may assist you at an IEP Clinic. Some ways are:
To learn what the ARD process is like
To review your child’s IEP
Help you determine what you want for your child and how to achieve it
Help you understand what your rights are under IDEA.


Dec 17, 2020 2:00 PM
Human Socialization Skills with Patricia Reedy
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here to register.

Socialization is the process by which children and adults learn from others. In order to be successful at socialization, you must possess some self-determination skills. This workshop will define natural socialization, planned socialization, positive and negative socialization. We will discuss ways we can assist children with socialization by promoting self-determination, social skills and learning opportunities. Parents of children with disabilities must create opportunities for socialization and inclusion.

Dec 18, 2020 2:00 PM
Christmas Karaoke Pajama Party
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here to register.

Please join us for some holiday silliness and stress relief as we sing along to our favorites. Please email me for a time slot if you would like to do a solo rendition of your personal favorite. Holiday pajamas and finery encouraged.


For information on upcoming events, please click here
 
Holiday Activities
Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Season
How To Teach Children Gratitude
Gratitude is an attitude toward living. Children learn gratitude by watching their parents, teachers, grandparents and other adult role models in their lives. These role models set the tone. Children mirror the values they see on a daily basis. If children are shown and experience the value of gratitude in daily life, appreciation will become a part of their attitude.

Count your blessings every day.
Start each morning with a bountiful dose of gratitude, setting the tone for your day as well as that of your children. Your attitude and appreciation of the gift of each day demonstrates that every moment is what you make of it. 
  • Begin each day with a good morning smile.
  • Acknowledge there is another wonderful day ahead.
  • Tell the child in your life, "I'm happy that you're my kid/grandkid/niece/student, etc. 
  • Make a habit of beginning the day by listing the tiniest blessings, a bed to sleep in, food to eat, a roof over your head.
  • Make a gratitude poster together and hang it where family members or students can see it.
  • Make your own gratitude poster and have children add to it each day. Ask them, “What are you grateful for right now?”

Practice random acts of kindness.
Adult role models set examples of gratitude by behaving kindly. Show children kindness in how you act toward them as well as others. Encourage them to participate in your acts of kindness as the situation allows and soon they will exhibit their own random acts.
  • Some examples are:
    • Allow the person with one item to move to the front of you in the grocery store line.
    • Let another driver merge in front of you in traffic, or wave and smile when someone does this for you.
    • Hold the door for people entering or exiting a store or building.
    • Share with others by letting a friend or neighbor borrow a book, tool, etc.
    • Help someone in need by bringing them a home cooked meal or volunteering your time.

Offer sincere praise.
Praise teaches children more about giving and sharing than lectures. As adults, we should extend genuine praise to the children in our lives for their accomplishments.
  • Let children know their drawing was colorful or creative, their help was appreciated, their act of kindness was thoughtful.
  • Praise is important when a child has a success, resolves a problem or makes a concerted effort.
  • Praise them for noticing the beauty and all the wonder of nature and their vivid imaginations.

Say “Thank You”
Every action and every word has an effect. Be mindful of your attitude and behavior toward family, friends and strangers. Treat everyone with the utmost kindness and appreciation. Children see and mimic that behavior. When adults are liberal with handing out simple “thank yous,” children will follow suit.

Taken from the Gratitude Habitat Blog by Carol Adamski
A Tale of Two Conversations
Click here for the Study Guide.
Take One shows the parent and administrator talking about the child’s special education program. They are talking, but not listening.
Their communication is unproductive.
Take Two shows each person using more effective communication skills. 
Does Your Teen Have Digitdirt?
Digital Dirt refers to all the personal information,—-hobbies, photos, rants, raves, etc.—-about an individual that is available on the Internet through personal web sites, profiles on social networking sites, and comments on blogs. What you—-and certainly your teenagers—-might not realize is that colleges and universities, as well as employers, are reading what’s out there and, in many cases, what they find can derail an applicant before they’re even called for an interview.
 

Many college admissions offices are now reviewing online profiles of high school seniors when determining their eligibility for admittance. Additionally, some employers report they routinely review the online profiles of applicants. Ask your sons or daughters if they would want to miss out on the college or job of their choice because they’re boasting about skipping class and underage drinking.

 

Clean up online profiles. Instead of ordering your teens to remove their profiles, encourage them to have fun expressing themselves—-within reason. Talk to them about the consequences of the information they post and request not only to review the contents, but also require that they remove any questionable material. Teens can be creative without jeopardizing future opportunities.

 

Implement Safety Controls. Many of the popular social networking sites allow users to post comments about fellow members. This means photos and other content that may be posted. To avoid having such comments, which could be damaging or less than flattering, make sure that the features that block or screen such comments are activated.

 

Courtesy of ESC Region 16 Parent and Engagement Family S'more

Resources for Youth
Youthhood
A website that was built to help youth with disabilities plan for the future. It’s for young people and their teachers and parents alike. This new initiative and exciting resource comes to the field courtesy of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Click here for more information.

The Self-Determination Group
The Arc of DFW Area is honored to be affiliated with The Self-Determination Group. Established in 2014, The Self-Determination Group is run by and for individuals with disabilities (14 & older) with the support of an assistant.

We get together monthly, elect our own officers, and conduct business and exchanges ideas. We are also a member of Texas Advocates.

Group activities focus on empowering individuals with disabilities to live a self-determined life – life as they define it, and advancing the disability rights movement. Recognizing that all work and no play is not good for the soul, we hosts at least 4 social events a year.
Click here for more information. 

Texas Transition and Employment 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.
Click here for more information.

Vocational Rehabilitation
Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services serves youth and students with disabilities to help prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities.  Services are eligibility and need based.
Click here for more information.
Employment Opportunities
That's right, we are looking for fantastic people to join our team. 
Postitions open:
Full-time Regional Coordinator
Part-time Regional Coordinator
Visit our website PRNTEXAS.ORG to view the job description.
Please send your cover letter and resume to prnpactproject@gmail.com.
Important Notes
Our offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year Holidays, December 19th through January 3rd. We hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season! 
Our Team
Shannon Rosson, PACT Project Director
srossonpath@gmail.com

Linda Westrick, Outreach Coordinator
lwestrickpath@gmail.com

Dee Lower, Region 7 Coordinator
dlowerpath@gmail.com

Patricia Reedy, Region 8 Coordinator
preedypath@gmail.com

Jim Wright, Region 10 Coordinator
jwrightpath@gmail.com
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