Do you have a child receiving special education services? Do you have questions about the process? A good place to find answers is on the Texas Project First website.
The articles are written in a way that makes it easy for parents to understand. These articles are also available in Spanish. For Spanish information, click on “en Espanõl” at the top of the page.
On the home page, you will find a list of age ranges (0-3, 3-5, 5-11, etc.). By clicking on the age range of your child, you will pull up an index of topics relevant to that age group. All age range pages list some common topics at the top of the page, including links to:
Next, you will find a listing of topics in A-Z order, with links that will take you to more information. These topics include:
Each age range index also includes topics that are important to that age group. For example, the 0-3 and 3-5 pages include information on:
The 11-16, 17-21 and Post Graduate age ranges include information on:
Other good articles on the website include:
There is also a place on the website for you to register for updates. You will be sent monthly e-mails to notify you of any additions of articles or updates to the site.
Wherever your child is in the special education process, there is valuable information to help you on the Texas Project FIRST website. With knowledge of the ARD process, you as a parent can be more involved and better prepared to take an active role in your child’s education.
Texas Project FIRST is an activity of the Texas Continuing Improvement Process (TCIP) under the auspices of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Region 9 Education Service Center. It is focused on helping to fulfill the goals of TEA and the Parent Training Committee. Texas Project FIRST is a project of Family to Family Network.
Before I had my son, I was a special education teacher. I was one of those teachers who believed that these "special" kids needed to be kept safe. After teaching in a self-contained special education class, my views slowly started to change.