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Kimberly Baumgardner, M.Ed.
Educational Specialist Manager, Family Engagement
(210) 370-5431

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Special Education Parent Resources

ESC-20 Special Education Parent Calls: 210-370-5411

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.

Texas Education Agency
Special Education Main Page

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).

Texas Project First
Created by Parents, for Parents . . . This web site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities.

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 Coordination Network
A Resource for Parents of Children Receiving Special Education Services

Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) 
The Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) delivers accurate and timely answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Our purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals. SPEDTex provides supportive state-wide leadership that promotes collaboration, meaningful communication and participation in the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities.

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.

Directory of Community Resources in Texas
Find disability resources and community services throughout Texas! Customize your search by zip code, county, region, keyword, or category. The Directory of Community Resources is a project of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University

Understood’s goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

iAdvocate App
iAdvocate is an informational and advocacy tool for parents of children with disabilities. Its goal is to share and develop strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their child’s education through an inclusive classroom environment. Included in the app is a list of responses to possible situations that parents may find themselves in when faced with educational personnel; a list of resources to check out, including a glossary, books, movies, and websites; and strategies to educate parents on their educational rights and what they can do to advocate for their child.

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

Special Education Resources

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