Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

What is Texas Project FIRST?

02/04/2016 | Published by: Family to Family Network

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:

  • Texas Education Agency (TEA),
  • Education Service Centers,
  • Family to Family Network trainings and articles about the Special Education Process (Portfolios, Effective Family/School Partnerships, etc.), and
  •  Community Services (Medicaid Waiver Programs, Social Security, DADS, DARS, HHSC, etc.).

Next, you will find a listing of topics in A-Z order, with links that will take you to more information. These topics include:

  • Accommodations,
  • Assessment (STAAR)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism
  • Curriculum (TEKS)
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Planning for the Future (Transition, Alternatives to Guardianship, etc.)

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:

  • Preparing to Transition to Preschool
  • Preschool Options
  • Preschool Curriculum

The 11-16, 17-21 and Post Graduate age ranges include information on:

  • Employment
  • Independent Living
  • Post-Secondary Options

Other good articles on the website include:

  • Diagnosis vs. Disability Label
  • Evaluation
  • Graduation
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Placement
  • Therapy Services in Schools
  • Related Services and Transition

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.

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