Texas

Learn more about what Texas is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

COVID-19 Support: Special Education

Summary: The Texas Education Agency created a web page dedicated to sharing resources and guidance for the continuation of special education services during COVID-19. The web page includes supports and guidance for IEPs, postsecondary transition, resources for families, assistive technology and telehealth services.

Operated by: Texas Education Agency

Topic: Assistive Technology, Family Engagement, IEP, Telehealth, Transition

Instructional Supports for Students with Disabilities

Summary: This webpage provides numerous instructional support resources. These resources include virtual post-secondary transition services, links to receive assistive technology, disability-specific information and information regarding telehealth services.

Operated by: Texas Education Agency

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Transition

Online Student Transition Fairs

Summary: During 2020-21, Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services is hosting a series of online events designed to assist students with disabilities aged 14-22 in planning their futures through career exploration. The Online Student Transition Fairs will provide students the opportunity to learn and ask questions about careers, hear about postsecondary training and have the chance to interact with employers and gain work experience. The Online Student Transition Fairs include job fairs, career fairs, transition education events and other events for students and adults with disabilities using the Easy Virtual Fair platform. This virtual event platform is accessible by both computer and mobile devices, using the Google Chrome web browser.

Operated by: Texas Vocational Rehabilitation

Topic: Transition

Parent Resources for Students in Special Education

Summary: This webpage contains a variety of resources for parents of students with disabilities while distance learning. The resources include multiple items, such as coping with changed routines and fun at home learning activities.

Operated by: Texas Education Agency

Topic: Family Engagement

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Summary: The Texas Department of Health and Human Services launched a 24/7 toll-free hotline where Texans dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, worry, or grief can call to talk to a mental health professional.

Operated by: Texas Department of Health and Human Services

Topic: Mental Health

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

Summary: This web page details the additional educational services available to Texas students with disabilities participating in virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include additional speech therapy, as well as other supplies and services. Each student receives up to $1,500 to use on these services.

Operated by: Texas Education Agency

Topic: Distance Learning

TEA Guidance: Compensatory Services – Summer of 2020

Summary: This video informs students with disabilities and disability service providers how to update IEPs for necessary compensatory services. It discusses the circumstances under which compensatory services may be provided, as well as various potential forms of compensatory services. 

Operated by: Texas Education Agency

Topic: IEP