Parent Stipends for the 2017 Texas Autism Conference

This year’s Texas State Autism Conference will be held on August 3rd and 4th in San Antonio. Information about the conference can be found here:


For the past 15+ years, ESC Region 13 has been able to offer stipends to supplement some of the cost of the conference for parents. We are fortunate to be able to offer a limited number of parent stipends again this year. The stipend covers the cost of parent registration ($125); participants will be responsible for their own travel, hotel, and food costs. One stipend per family will be considered. Stipend information will be provided to the recipients prior to registration. Please do not register before you receive information on how to register with a stipend. A family must have a child with ASD between the ages of 3 and 21. Priority will be given in the following order:

  1. To families with a newly diagnosed child
  2. To families who have never attended the Texas Autism Conference
  3. To families who have attended the conference in the past, but have never received funding from ESC Region 13
  4. To families who represent a geographic diversity in ESC Region 13
  5. To families who have the earliest application

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for all applications is May 24, 2017.  Award recipients will be notified by May 31, 2017.

IMPORTANT!  Directions for registering will be provided after stipends are awarded. Parents/families are responsible for making the arrangements for all costs including registration (with or without the stipend), transportation, and lodging for the conference. ESC Region 13 will not make any of these reservations.

Please note these stipends are only available to families in ESC Region 13’s Central Texas service delivery area.


For questions or more information, contact:

Darcy Schiller at or 512-919-5224 or

Jennifer Russell at or 512-919-5206

New Autism Resources on

Region 13’s Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT) website is continually adding free resources for teachers, administrators, parents, and others who are impacted by autism. For this population, would be well worth memorizing!

For those already familiar with, here are some resources we recently added.

Learning Library – Online Courses – Additional Learning Opportunities (these are all webinars)

Sexuality for Individuals with IDD is LIVE

Understanding the Autism Supplement is LIVE

Learning Library – Video Gallery – Expert Interviews

We added 22 new videos to this section!

Learning Library – Video Gallery – Parent Interviews

This is a new section in our Video Gallery – check it out!


Questions? Contact Cyndi O’Toole at


2017 Recreation & Camp Resource Guide

2017 Recreation and Camp Resource Guide

Austin ISD in collaboration with Easterseals of Central Texas has published the resource guide for recreation and camp opportunities available in 2017 for people with special needs. This lengthy document (24 pgs) includes information on day programs and activities in Central Texas as well as overnight programs across the state of Texas. For each of the approximately 90 programs listed, the guide includes a brief description of the program, what ages the program is for, the location, fee, contact information, and website. Not all programs have a fee; there are many that are offered for free. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

2017 Recreation and Camp Resource Guide-English

2017 Recreation and Camp Resource Guide-Spanish


Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair

Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 3:00-5:00 CST

Microsoft is hosting a virtual career fair titled Autism at Work with some of the top US employers – all of which have autism hiring programs or inclusive hiring programs. Employers participating in the career fair include AT&T, Ford, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, and more. Persons seeking employment can discuss their career goals, showcase their skills, and ask any questions. LinkedIn will be hosting two 30 minute sessions between 3:00 and 4:00 CST in the virtual theater on how to utilize LinkedIn, build a profile, and get noticed during their job search. Get more information and register for free today at the link below.



Beat the Heat 2017: Registration is Open!

Pictures of students with disabilitiesBeat the Heat 2017
Workshop #SU1734208 – 
June 21 & 22, 2018
ESC Region 13

Register now for this exceptional learning opportunity designed for educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant disabilities.

Wednesday ♦ June 21, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Full day, in-depth workshops on topics including: challenging behavior, communication/AAC, individualized instruction, transition and more!

Thursday ♦ June 22, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Here’s why you should attend!

  • Attend one of the largest conferences in the state focusing on students with significant disabilities
  • Learn first-hand from experts in the field
  • Improve outcomes for your students by learning new strategies and tools from other classroom professionals
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Lunch provided each day

Beat the heat! Spend these summer days with cool people and sizzling hot ideas!

Bonus for ESC Region 13 Parents and Paraeducators!

Receive a discount code to attend Beat the Heat for $10 by contacting Maria Daniel (


Beat the Heat 2017 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat June 21-22, 2017

Teachers Teach Teachers

We are seeking teachers who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom!

Beat the Heat 2017 will be a two day learning extravaganza! On Wednesday, June 21st we will have full day sessions for participants’ extended learning. On Thursday, June 22nd we will have a short keynote presentation and then a series of 90 minute breakout sessions with presentations by the best and brightest from here in Region 13. This means you!

Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference.


TED Tips: Transition Fairs and Events

As the TED for your district, you’re probably wondering how to connect your students with disabilities and their families with the agencies and other resources they’ll need to be successful in adult life. One way to do that is to learn about area events that offer information and host networking opportunities with representatives from the agencies/programs that support adults with disabilities in education, employment, independent living, recreation, legal/financial planning, and other areas.

Region 13 hosts an online calendar for Transition Fairs and Events in central Texas. Check out the events that are posted, and be sure to explore the option to view the events by month or by list. Click on an event to get details, including who to contact for more information and flyers to share with your students and families.

Sharing information about these events meets the requirement to “provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services” from TEC 29.011. . . Although it’s not just TEDs who can share this information! The online calendar is available to anyone, and the events posted are free and open to the public.

For more information contact



STAAR, Tablets/iPads, Speech-to-Text, and Test Security!

slide 64 pic

Preparing for STAAR takes a village!

There is information on slide 64 in the 2017 ESC Testing Coordinators Training Presentation on exceptions to the prohibition on internet access for tablets used in STAAR testing that are not in any other TEA document.

These exceptions are important to students who have been using web-based speech-to-text as a support for spelling assistance and transcribing.

Conversation and planning among instructive technology, assistive technology, testing coordinators, and special education teachers will be important.

For discussion and details about this update, please read the Chat Transcript from January 31 on this topic… and consider joining our Accommodation Central Community.

Please contact  for assistance.

FIE to IEP – the ABCs of a Well-Written Plan

Team workFIE to IEP pictureThere are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). These documents, when well-written, can be assets to the students they are designed for as well as their teachers.  It takes a multidisciplinary team to create such dynamic and effective plans.

This two-day training will focus on combining the details of a Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) with the knowledge of good instructional practice to write powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goalsTeams that include both assessment personnel and special education teachers will benefit from working together during these two days.

Participants will leave with tools to support their efforts for well-written IEPs aligned to the standards.  This intensive instruction will allow time for participant practice, reflection, and  individual questions.

IEP Best Practice: FIE to IEP

January 5 and 6, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register for this workshop, SP1736044, in Ecampus.

For additional information, contact Kim West, or

Joy Hunsucker,


Write Powerful PLAAFPs and Standards-Based Goals!

IEP picture IEP title

There are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). This one-day training will focus on writing powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goals.  Participants will leave with easy-to-use tools to support their efforts for well-written IEPs.  This intensive instruction includes participant practice and reflection.  This training is for ANY special education teacher (PPCD to high school) who writes IEPs.

IEP Best Practices: PLAAFP and Goal Writing

December 6, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register for this workshop, FA1634655, in Ecampus.

For additional information, contact Kim West at

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