We are dedicated to providing information and materials that you can use to be empowered to teach your child or student with Down syndrome. As you plan your approach, remember to focus on their ABILITIES versus disabilities.
If you believe people with Down syndrome can learn, they WILL!
Have questions or concerns? Contact Peggy Wolf, our Education Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (737) 932-5551.
Congratulations to the 2019 Inclusion Works stipend recipients!
Brandi Mendoza, Leander ISD, LID Specialist
Jennifer Clark, Leander ISD, Electives teacher
Dana Rathbun, Round Rock ISD, Special Ed teacher
Topics of interest and Notable websites
Books of Interest: ARD, Behavior, Communication, Inclusion, Independence, Math, Motor Skills, and Reading
General School Topics
Special Education and the IEP Process
Transition to Adulthood
Special Education Legal Consultations
DSACT is pleased to offer to DSACT members a free, one-time legal consultation on special education issues only. A consultation will last up to two hours. Our consultations generally focus on inclusion/placement in the least restrictive classroom environment and provision of appropriate supports and services, including modifying the curriculum. The consultation's purpose will be to help you be a better advocate for your student by giving you legal information about your special education issue. DSACT does not provide legal consultations about placement in private schools, preschool services or services after 12th grade. Our services do not include help with mediation, due process hearings or complaints to state or federal agencies. The DSACT attorney does not accompany you to meetings with school staff, including ARD meetings.
To request a special education legal consultation, complete and submit the "DSACT Special Education Legal Consultation Request Form." We will usually be able to notify you within 5-7 days after you have submitted the form if we can provide you with a legal consultation for your special education issue.
Highly Recommended agency supports
All parents should register with both of the following programs. Interest lists are 10 years long so your child is never too young to get on the list. Community Living & Support Services (CLASS) and Home & Community Based Services (HCS) are state-funded programs that provide services in home and the community, such as behavioral support, employment assistance and supported employment, specialized therapies, and much more.
Community Living & Support Services (CLASS)
1 (877) 438-5658
Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Their mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.
Attorneys and advocates fulfill the mission in the following ways:
Provide direct legal assistance to people with disabilities whose rights are threatened or violated
Protect the rights of individuals and groups of people with disabilities through the courts and justice system
Educate the public, media, lawmakers, and other concerned groups on issues and trends that effect the rights of people with disabilities
Inform people with disabilities and family members about their rights
Make referrals to programs and services
thank you, educators!
First and foremost, thank you for all your hard work and for caring about our children. It is appreciated. Click below to download helpful tips and information that you can use in the classroom and share as training information for staff working with students with Down syndrome:
Peer Presentations (Parents present to class)
Vela spring 2019 courses (English and Spanish)
Central Texas Autism Center BRIDGES Program
Bridges offers specialized programming for ages 10 years through adulthood who are looking for the tools they need to achieve lifelong success.
Case for Inclusion: Includes state scorecards for issues ranging from Medicaid waivers and state supports to supported employment, as well as nationwide and state data on a variety of issues pertinent to the disability community.
Listserve for parents, caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (dual diagnosis) - send an email to email@example.com.