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ESC-20 Special Education Parent Calls: 210-370-5622 


ESC-20 Special Education Support Services Component takes daily calls from parents who reside in our Region 20 community. We strive to help answer questions and provide correct information to help you better support your child in school.


Are you a parent, caregiver, or family member? If you would like to receive email updates regarding parent trainings, community events, and other parenting resources click on the following link to join the ESC-20 Parents & Families Network.
The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) works collaboratively with stakeholders to provide resources and facilitate collaboration that supports the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities in our State.


Timeline Decision Tree: The Child-Centered Special Education Process
This timeline is an interactive tool designed to help users understand the legal requirements of the special education process.

Web Links

Texas Education Agency
Special Education Main Page

Special Education in Texas A-Z Index

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process
Find information on laws, rules, regulations, and court cases related to special education. This page also includes links to the A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process (in English and Spanish) and the Procedural Safeguards (in English and Spanish).

 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Manual
A manual for parents and students about special education services and supports in Texas.

Parent Companion
Parent Companion: First Five Years A website connecting Texas parents of children with disabilities to: (a)Information; (b) Inspiration; and (c) Resources

Parent Companion (en español)

Navigate Life Texas 
This website is especially for families and parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs and is designed to offer support, inspiration, resources, and links to services available.

Navigate Life Texas (en español)

Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness.

Texas Parent to Parent (en español)

Parent Handbook for Special Education (Region 13)

DisabilitySA provides programs, resources, and volunteer opportunities to improve the lives of people with disabilities in San Antonio, Texas.

eParent.Com Special Needs Resource Directory
eParent Special Needs Resource Directory provides a comprehensive guide for parents and families of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs, as well as to physicians, allied health care professionals and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development.

Understood’s goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues.

Understood (en español)

iAdvocate App
iAdvocate is an informational and advocacy tool for parents of children with disabilities.

Office of Special Needs Education Directory for Children With Special Needs

Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Support and Resources for Parents

Partners Resource Network… Empowering Parents through Education
Partners Resource Network offers individual assistance over the phone and in-person to families who have questions about their child's needs, workshops for parents and professionals, and resources such as printed publications and online materials are available on a variety of relevant topics.

Exceptional Kids—Resource Guide for the Special Needs Community

U.S. Department of Education's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website

National PTA Special Education Toolkit

Support for parents of children with special needs.

Interactive Planner for Caregivers

About Service Animals--Tips and Tools

Resources for Students with Special Needs 

Helpful online resources A list of important resources for special education students, ranging from online assistive technology, to learning software, to legal resources, and associations you can get information from or join.

The Arc of San Antonio, Inc. (“The Arc”
Offers programs and partnerships that address the most critical issues facing people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families, such as direct care and comprehensive case management programs to create a continuum of support for families and enrich the lives of these often silent and underserved individuals.


Financial and Estate Planning for Children With Disabilities 


Travel Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities