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Webinars to Support Parents

You are warmly invited to learn with us as we partner with amazing people who support our families and concerns for the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Lunch & Learn - Training & Conversations with Parents of Special Needs Students - ZOOM

These virtual monthly sessions will host a variety of presenters on topics of interest pertaining behavior management, developmental and learning processes, and/or legal updates.

Meetings are open to parents of students with special needs ages 3 to 22 who reside in the ESC 6 region.  At every meeting, parents will have an opportunity to suggest topics for future presentations.

Sexuality & The Elementary School Student 01/27/22 Event # 472876

Sexuality & The Middle School Student 02/17/22 Event # 472886

Sexuality & The High School Student 03/24/22 Event # 472887

Transitioning Into the Summer 04/28/22 Event # 456084

Transitioning Back To School 07/21/22 Event # 456133

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Addressing Challenging Behaviors at Home
 

Join this parent series to learn more about addressing challenging behaviors at home. In these sessions, parents will learn more about characteristics of autism that often result in challenging behaviors as well as effective strategies to address these behaviors. Time will be allotted during each session for questions so that participants can receive specific feedback about their own children. Session costs partially funded by state and/or federal grants. The link to the Zoom session will be emailed to registered participants 24-48 hours prior to the session.

Self-Care November 11th 10:00 am-11:00 am Register Here

Adolescence February 1st 10:00 am-11:00 am Register Here

Anxiety April 5th 10:00 am-11:00 am Register Here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Lunch & Learn - Training & Conversations with Parents of Special Needs Students - ZOOM
Transitioning Into Holiday Season (Zoom)   

November 4th 11:30 am-12:30 pm Register Here

April 28th 11:30 am-12:30 pm  Register Here

July 21st 11:30 am-12:30 pm Register Here

These virtual monthly sessions will host a variety of presenters on topics of interest pertaining behavior management, developmental and learning processes, and/or legal updates.

Meetings are open to parents of students with special needs ages 3 to 22 who reside in the ESC 6 region.  At every meeting, parents will have an opportunity to suggest topics for future presentations.

Important Session Information:

Meredith Sharp & Christine Biddle will speak on behavior strategies that parents can use to help their children to transition into different seasons and routines.

Particularly suited for parents of students in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, this meeting is also helpful for any student who struggles with changes in routines or who may need some support regulating their emotions/behaviors in face of new challenges.

The holiday season is full of opportunities for families to experience events and situations who can be highly stressful to children and adults alike.  Presenters will speak on how some planning and accommodations can make the holiday season more pleasant to all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

The Let’s Go to Work virtual series is intended to provide families, educators, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with information, resources, and useful tools to assist students with becoming self-sufficient and productive in their communities. In this six-part series, Sandy Hardy-Smith of Imagine Enterprises will interpret complex policy, rules, and procedures of Social Security to assist with navigating pathways to employment. Families are encouraged to schedule an in-person, 60-minute, one-on-one benefits planning meeting at the end of the series.

 

Free • Spring 2022

(English) January 8, 2022 • 9:00 a.m. - noon (Spanish) January 15, 2022 • 9:00 a.m. - noon Let’s Go to Work! Your Money, Benefits, and Work Participants will receive an overview of the world of Social Security for young adults and those who support them. The Social Security Disability Benefit (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and health insurance and long-term care (Medicare and Medicaid) will be discussed.

February 12, 2022 • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Let’s Go to Work! Your Money, Turning 18, and Social Security Benefits Turning 18 is an important age when receiving or applying for benefits. Participants will gain information on (1) what to do if currently not on benefits or if benefits have been denied and (2) what to do if currently receiving benefits.

March 5, 2022 • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Let’s Go to Work! Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) Participants will gain a working definition of the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) and why it is important. Participants will also understand the different education categories and required hours related to rules as well as a process to request and report monthly and annual exclusions.

April 9, 2022 • 9:00 a.m. - noon Let’s Go to Work! Your Money – Your Future: Strategies for Long-Term Success Participants will understand the importance of long-term planning and developing a financial plan. Information will be provided about implementing of Social Security Work Incentives, saving money, and protecting Medicaid. A brief overview of Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS), ABLE Accounts, and Special Needs Trusts will be provided.

April 16, 2022 • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Let’s Go to Work! Your Money – Decision-Making Tools This session is designed to assist families with helping their young adult maximize earnings and obtain the necessary benefits for long-term success. Participants will develop a plan and identify tools to manage their money and identify tools to manage their money and understand budgeting, saving, and investing in the future.

April 30, 2022 • 9:00 a.m. - noon Let’s Go to Work! Beyond Money – Services After Leaving the Education System During this session, participants will learn the difference between entitlement and eligibility services. They will learn about the services provided by Texas Workforce Solutions, Employment Networks, Long-term Social Security Services, and Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Medicaid services. Participants will work to create a plan to foster support for community living, employment, and selfdetermination.

Educators register at www.esc11.net, and families register at https://forms.gle/7gsjbbnZS9X7dLyE6.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

DATE/TIME:  Tues., Feb. 1, 2022, at 12:00 noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  Government Benefits 101 - Addressing the Ongoing Care and Planning Concerns for an Individual with Special Needs 

Do you need help understanding and navigating the Social Security Administration? Come hear from Allison Schaberg, a Special Needs Financial Planner and National Social Security Advisor, as she helps you think through the complexities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

PARTNER:  Partners Resource Network - Region 13

ZOOM WEBINAR ID:   895 1138 1065

REGISTER HERE:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5praNVadTAWIPVy3quMqCw 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

DATE/TIME:  Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, at 12:00 noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  Special Needs Planning - Medicaid Waivers, SSI Eligibility, and Preserving Benefits

There are many decisions to be made as you prepare for the future of your special needs family member. Living with a disability is often associated with significant costs. That’s why families should understand Medicaid Waivers (specifically the Texas IDD Service System), SSI eligibility, and the importance of preserving benefits. Join us as Special Needs Financial Planner Allison Schaberg explains how to successfully plan for your future.

PARTNER:   The Arc of the Capital Area

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 825 7875 9781

REGISTER HERE:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6wWC2jvcSFiVtx5wAdsLcA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

DATE/TIME:  Mon., Feb. 7, 2022, at noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  4 Things You Need to Know About Protecting Your Child With Special Needs

Join Special Needs, Attorney Michele Goldberg, as she explains the importance of Medicaid, Medicaid waiver programs, Social Security benefits, and Special Needs Trusts.  She will explain how to get the protection you desire and deserve. This is an important opportunity to hear from an attorney who specializes in these issues of concern to families with special needs.

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 884 0986 4501

REGISTER HERE:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W_2PUI1cT2u6jJ46o1ud7w

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

DATE/TIME:  Tues., Feb. 8, 2022, at 12:00 noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  Special Needs Planning - Medicaid Waivers, SSI Eligibility, and Preserving Benefits 

There are many decisions to be made as you prepare for the future of your special needs family member. Living with a disability is often associated with significant costs. That’s why families should understand Medicaid Waivers (specifically the Texas IDD Service System), SSI eligibility, and the importance of preserving benefits. Join us as Special Needs Financial Planner Allison Schaberg explains how to successfully plan for your future.

PARTNER:  Partners Resource Network - Region 13

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 872 5030 1491

REGISTER HERE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q6VPYl-IRMmTpk9Hiz1naA 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

DATE/TIME:  Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022, at 12:00 noon

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  The Special Needs Divorce - What Should You Consider?

Going through a divorce when you have children with special needs requires unique planning, patience, and knowledge.  Join us to learn from Allison Schaberg, Special Needs Financial Planner, along with Mary Ann Hughes, owner of Special Family Transitions.  Allison and Mary Ann will guide you through your concerns related to divorce so you can get the best outcome for your family with as little stress, time, and expense as possible.  

SPEAKER:  Mary Ann Hughes -  maryann@specialfamilytransitions.com - (713) 962-0203

PARTNER: Down Syndrome Association of South Texas  

REGISTER FOR THIS ZOOM MEETING HERE:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moms-meet-up-tickets-55993023641

After you register, the host will send you the meeting link 30 minutes prior to the meeting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


DATE/TIME:  Tues., Feb. 15, 2022, at 12:00 noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION: Why do I need a Special Needs Attorney AND a Special Needs Financial Planner? What is the boundary between what they both do for my family? 

As a parent of a child with special needs, you know there are many decisions to be made as it relates to the future of your special needs family member. Considerations such as transitioning, future care options, and preservation of benefit eligibility are a few items that require intentional evaluation. Some decisions require legal preparation and some require financial arrangements. These are especially important if you have a child who may need care for the rest of their life. Join us as Special Needs Financial Planner Allison Schaberg and Special Needs Attorney Alison Packard explains how to successfully plan for your future.
 
PARTNER:  Partners Resource Network - Region 13 

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 860 8689 8221

REGISTER HERE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X-Itf7yoThGm0oFK7Gi_Lw 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


DATE/TIME:  Sat., Feb. 19, 2022, from 9 am to 10 am

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:    Partnering with 504/IEP Teams for Successful Student Outcomes

If your child has a 504/IEP plan, you won't want to miss this webinar! Karen Mayer Cunningham, Founder and CEO of Special Education Academy, will share how to effectively partner with your child's school when grappling with a 504/IEP team. Karen believes it is the obligation, the responsibility, and the duty of the school districts to find, locate, and assess children with suspected disabilities who may need special education services. Karen has helped many families fight for their child with special needs. Join this webinar to learn the information needed to successfully navigate the special education system. 

PARTNER:  Partners Resource Network -  Region 6 - C: 936-348-0013 | Region6prn@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84920909705?pwd=ZExkWjl5OXBzMkNyQUI5VVgwSm50QT09

Meeting ID: 849 2090 9705
Passcode: 792150

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

DATE/TIME:  Tues., Feb. 22, 2022, at 12:00 noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  Special Needs Planning - Key Steps to Achieving Financial Success

As a parent of a child with special needs, you know there are many decisions to be made as it relates to the future of your family member with special needs. Considerations such as transitioning, future care options, and preservation of benefit eligibility are a few items that require intentional evaluation. These are especially important if you have a child who may need care for the rest of their life. Join us as Allison Schaberg, Special Needs Financial Planner, explains how to successfully plan for your financial future.

PARTNER: Partners Resource Network  Region 13 

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 849 5801 7269

REGISTER HERE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NA-heQcMRZGCGdwhaqNevg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

DATE/TIME:  Tues., Feb. 22, 2022, at 6:30 pm Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  Cyber Safety Awareness

There are a plethora of cyber safety concerns and forms of online victimization. In this presentation, Safe Community Manager, Sydney Zuiker, will provide a brief overview of potential online dangers, cybercrime trends, popular social media and gaming platforms, and online monitoring tools to assist you in keeping your student safe while using the internet.

PARTNER: Safe Community Manager, Sydney Zuiker - szuiker@crime-stoppers.org - 

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 896 4584 1209

REGISTER HERE:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Biq7ZXNhQnWNRWBL-TTGYA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

DATE/TIME:  Wed., February 23, 2022, at 12:00 noon Central

TITLE/DESCRIPTION:  Why do I need a Special Needs Attorney AND a Special Needs Financial Planner? What is the boundary between them and what do they both do for my family?

As a parent of a child with special needs, you know there are many decisions to be made as it relates to the future of your special needs family member. Considerations such as transitioning, future care options, and preservation of benefit eligibility are a few items that require intentional evaluation. Some decisions require legal preparation and some require financial arrangements. These are especially important if you have a child who may need care for the rest of their life. Join us as Special Needs Financial Planner Allison Schaberg and Special Needs Attorney Tresi Weeks explain how to successfully plan for your future.

PARTNER: Partners Resource Network - Region 11 

ZOOM WEBINAR ID: 898 0357 3179

REGISTER HERE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yLmvRsOrQiSi9ZESEcm7lQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Family Engagement
Parent Training: Love 146 Caregiver Training

2/8/2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Register Here

Important Session Information:

Develop a basic understanding of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and vulnerabilities. Participants will also learn about safety planning with youth and resources available. This session will be presented by Gladys C. Ojeda, Prevention & Community Awareness Manager, from the ChildSafe San Antonio organization. 

Note: This session will take place virtually, via webinar. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Connect20 after you register that contains the Zoom link to join. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, call Central Registration 210-370-5671 for assistance during business hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m,

INTERPRETER AVAILABLE by indicating SPANISH in the Special Accommodations request box when you register.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Family Engagement
Parent Training--Understanding Your Child's Present Levels and IEP goals

2/10/2022 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Register Here

Important Session Information:

In this session, participants will review the required components in their child's special education Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statements and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and discuss techniques for working with school personnel to develop appropriate programming for your child.

Note: This session will take place in the form of a webinar . You will receive a confirmation email from Connect20 after you register containing the Zoom link.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Family Engagement
Parent Training: Accommodations and Strategies for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

2/22/2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Register Here

Important Session Information:

Participants will demonstrate knowledge of accommodations and strategies to enhance access to the school curriculum as well as to language and communication at home for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). Auditory, visual, and communication access through accommodations and strategies will be discussed.

Note: This session will take place virtually, via webinar. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Connect20 after you register that contains the Zoom link to join. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, call Central Registration 210-370-5671 for assistance during business hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

INTERPRETER AVAILABLE by indicating SPANISH in the Special Accommodations request box when you register.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Family Engagement
Parent Training: Visual Supports in the Home

3/1/2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Register Here

Important Session Information:

This session will provide information to use visuals for your child's receptive and expressive needs. Communication is the key and visuals are especially important if your child is not yet communicating verbally. Use visuals to prepare daily schedules and provide directions for chores. Visual support can be a game changer.

Note: This session will take place virtually, via webinar. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Connect20 after you register that contains the Zoom link to join. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, call Central Registration 210-370-5671 for assistance during business hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

INTERPRETER AVAILABLE by indicating SPANISH in the Special Accommodations request box when you register.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Family Engagement
Parent Training: Supporting Your Child's Communication

3/30/2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Register Here

Important Session Information:

Want to support your child's communication needs at home? Come learn about various tools and strategies to help support your child in their quest to communicate. 

Note: This session will take place in the form of a webinar. You will receive a confirmation email from Connect20 after you register containing the Zoom link.

INTERPRETER AVAILABLE by indicating SPANISH in the Special Accommodations request box when you register.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Family Engagement
Parent Training: De-escalation Strategies for Escalating Behaviors

4/20/2022 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Register Here

Important Session Information:

For every action, there is a reaction. During this time of uncertainty, behaviors may come up that you've never seen before in the young person standing or sitting in front of you. According to Dr. Geoff Colvin, when a person experiences a behavior, there is a BEGINNING, MIDDLE and END to what he calls the "cycle" of emotions that we all go through. This session will examine effective strategies to promote de-escalation.

Note: This session will take place in the form of a webinar . You will receive a confirmation email from Connect20 after you register containing the Zoom link.

INTERPRETER AVAILABLE by indicating SPANISH in the Special Accommodations request box when you register.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

   Family Engagement
Parent Training: Comparing School and Medical Therapy Services for Children                                                                                                                                

5/11/2022  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Register Here

Important Session Information:

Healthcare providers frequently tell parents what school therapy should be provided, what it should focus on, and/or how much school therapy should be provided. Then parents’ expectations are violated when the student's Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee implements the decision-making process that may not result in similar recommendations, causing confusion and resentment. This workshop will help parents contrast the medical model of therapy services (e.g., speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.) with the school model required by federal law. Participating parents will better understand how therapy decisions are made in the schools and how to participate in that process.

Note: This session will take place in the form of a webinar. You will receive a confirmation email from Connect20 after you register containing the Zoom link.
INTERPRETER AVAILABLE by indicating SPANISH in the Special Accommodations request box when you register.

 

                                                                                   

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