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Monday, September 12th, 6:30 � 8:00 pm:HEART OF TEXAS AUTISM NETWORK MEETING
*�Opportunities and Possibilities�*
TOM PEARSON, Director, Arc of McLennan County
LOCATION: 801 Washington (8th & Washington, in the Baylor School of Social Work building), 9th floor.
The Arc promotes opportunities for people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities to be included in their communities and make the choices that affect their lives.
Some of the services that the Arc provides:
after-school programs, summer day camp, youth/young adult social groups, life skills training, money management services, and more. Tom has been a vital resource for families in this region. He has a wealth of knowledge and information to share and stories to tell!
Childcare will be available, with RSVP; contact Natalie Passanante at
natalie_passanante@... to make a reservation for childcare. Driving and parking directions can be found at
For more information contact Anita Karney at 214 766 3260.
Today, approximately 100,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers with disabilities (including autism) are registered with the Boy Scouts of America in more than 4,000 units chartered to community organizations.
If you are interested in joining, a local organization will sponsor a unit and provide meeting space. Contact Anita Karney
(anitakarney@..., 214-766-3260) for more information.
Let�s Do Lunch!
Let�s get together for lunch! Send an email to waconewstouse@..., if you would like to just get together with some other parents on a regular basis.
If there is a day of the week which is better for you, include that in your reply.
�First Monday� SupperClub Monday, October 3rd, 6:00pm � Chili�s
Monday, October 3, 6 pm
5804 Bosque Blvd, Waco (254) 776-8330
We�re back at Chili�s!! The �First Monday� group is for all ages, but is more focused on those under 13 and/or those that aren't as independent in ordering, waiting, and paying for their meal. The kids all sit together with volunteers, while parents sit elsewhere in the restaurant. Older kids will sit together at one table with volunteers, and the younger group will be together with volunteers. Contact Lisa Plemons at lisabplemons@... for more information, and to RSVP.
Teen Plus �Fourth Tuesday� SupperClub: Tuesday, Sept. 27th:Fuddruckers
Tuesday, September 27, 6 pm
1411 N Valley Mills Drive, Waco (254) 776-0961
The Tuesday night group (4th Tuesday of the month) will be specifically for higher functioning teens (13 and older) and young adults. This will include those that are independent or close to being independent in ordering, waiting, and paying for their meal. This should also include those that need little to no assistance in leaving the group to go to the restroom. This group rotates locations and generally chooses each month where they want to meet.
NOTICE : H.O.T. Kids Bowling Group will not be meeting Saturday, September 10, due to a bowling tournament scheduled for that day at the AMF Bowling Lanes.
Caregivers Ladder � Support group for caregivers of special-needs children (Temple)
6 pm, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, Wilson Recreation Center, 2205 Curtis B. Elliott Drive Temple TX
Go to www.caregiversladder.org or contact Michelle Bartlett at
caregiversladders@..., or (254) 217-8011 for more information.
�For Our Support�, Support Group for Special Needs Families (Hillsboro)
7 pm, 4th Thursdays of each month; 126 South Covington, in annex meeting room
For more information contact Suzanne Jackson at suzyjackson64@....
First Friends For Autism, Aspergers & Special Needs Kids: The Education Connection, Killeen, Tx
Group for families with children with autism spectrum disorders, organizing holiday events, weekly play dates, etc. For more details go to:
A+ Support Group for Families with Special Needs Children (Belton)
September 17, 2011, 10:00am-12:00pm, First Baptist Church Belton, Room 256.
Childcare is provided for children with special needs and their siblings; RSVP by Friday, September 16th at 12 noon; contact Tracy O�Banon tracy.obanon@....
FREE Therapeutic Horseriding Sessions: Children with ASD 5-7 years of age
REACH Therapeutic Riding Center is partnering with Dr. Beth Lanning,
Director, Community Health Undergraduate Program at Baylor, for a 12-week study involving the benefits of therapeutic riding for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorders. Children 5-7 years of age are eligible.
For more information, contact Barbara Epps at reachtrc@..., or 254-848-7888
Special-Needs Swimming Instruction at YMCA
YMCA of Central Texas continues to offer swimming instruction to those with special needs. completely individualised for each student, with flexible scheduling and extremely reasonable cost: $25 for four weekly sessions for nonmembers (that's $7.50 per session), or $10 for members. Call Chris Bernard at 254-405-3764, or chris.bernard@..., for more information and to schedule classes
Saturday, September 17, 2011 � 3rd Annual �Meet & Greet� Special Needs
Rockdale Fair Park Pavilion, 200 Walnut Street, Rockdale
2 pm -5 pm
For more information, contact Denitra Rideaux-512-446-4910 or 512-626-6583; Rita Schupp-254-931-4745, or Teresa Mireles-512-446-5408
Sunday, October 2nd: Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network�s First Annual Buddy Walk
Cameron Park, Waco
2 pm � 5 pm
For more information and to register, go to www.hotdsn.org .
Transition planning must begin at 14
State law (S.B. 1788, in effect September 1, 2011) requires school districts to begin transition planning for student receiving special education services NO LATER than when the student reaches 14 years of age. Transition planning should help a student move from school to adult life and address issues regarding living in the community as independently as possible, employment, recreation, social activities, and post-secondary education/learning opportunities.
Texas law requires that Transition Planning should be based on the
individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths,
preferences, and interests; and include instruction, related services,
community experiences, employment, development of employment and other
post-school adult living objectives; acquisition of daily living skills and provision of a functional vocational evaluation.
Here are some resources that may be helpful:
Texas Education Agency: Transition Guidance Page
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities: Resource Guide on Higher Education for People with Disabilities:
PACER Center: Parent Tips for Transition Planning
Microboard: Live the Life of Your Dreams � How to Make it Happen
What is a Microboard?
A microboard is a small group of committed family and friends who join
together with a person with a disability to create a nonprofit organization. This group develops a PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) to address the individual's support needs and identify their goals and dreams.
This PATH becomes the microboard's mission.
2011 Microconference: September 23, Waco TX
Create Your Own Nonprofit to Support a Loved One -- Learn How to Be a
Medicaid Waiver Provider
Friday, September 23, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Lunch will be provided)
Autin Avenue Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue, Waco TX
FREE (RSVP required). RSVP online (click here) or call Christy Ogle at
A microboard is formed when a group of family and friends join with a person with a disability and together create a nonprofit to address the individual's support needs, help them achieve their goals and realise their dreams. Download the flyer (click here) for more information.
To learn more about the Texas Microboard Collaboration, go to the Arc of Texas website at http://www.thearcoftexas.org/site/PageServer?pagename=partners_microboard
NEW IEP Guide from AutismSpeaks
The 26-page guide includes an overview and timeline of key events in the typical IEP process, explains the steps parents need to take throughout � including how to contest an unfavorable decision. In addition to a list of questions to consider in developing a draft IEP,the guide also includes tips, resources, a checklist and answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a list of helpful web sites and other resources
Special-Ed PTA forming in Central Texas
There will be a training on September 17 in Killeen for anyone wanting to be a board member. If you want to be on the board member, sign in at the petition site and leave a note.
Opportunity to Serve: Council on Children and Families (Health & Human
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is accepting
applications for a public representative to serve on the Council on Children and Families
The Council is comprised of executive leadership from health and human
services agencies, juvenile justice agencies, the central education agency, the workforce commission, and four representatives from the public.
Applications are being accepted from parents of children who have received services from either HHSC or one of the Council�s member agencies --
Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
view their 2010 Report: �Promoting Healthy Children, Strengthening
Applications are due no later than October 7, 2011.
Download the application form at
SSI Child Disability Starter Kits
Websites from Social Security Administration provides information,
checklists and worksheets to guide you through the process of applying for SSI.
For Children (under 18)
Disaster Preparedness for Special-Needs
�Be Prepared�, as the Boy Scout Motto tells us. Here are sites with
emergency preparedness information:
*Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management �* Disaster,
Emergency, and Safety Tips:
For emergency and safety tips for a variety of circumstances, including brushfire and wildfire safety.
Residents may also register their household with the *Emergency Notification System* at http://hotcog.emtel911.com/reg/Login/Register.aspx
*FEMA:* �Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other
*American Red Cross*- �Disaster Preparedness for People with
TAKE ME HOME program
This free program can literally be a lifesaver for for adults or children who may have difficulty communicating due to a developmental or cognitive disability.
The Take Me Home www.waco-texas.com/police-take-me-home.asp
program is a free registry available to McLennan County residents, for adults and children who may have difficulty communicating due to a developmental or cognitive disability.
The database, which is accessible only to law enforcement personnel, is maintained by the Waco Police Department Communications Division.
If someone in the Take Me Home program is encountered by a police officer or deputy dispatched by Waco, law enforcement personnel can access the database for critical information that may assist in communicating with the individual and a safe return to the caregiver.
This could be crucial when a person is unable to speak or identify
themselves properly, if they seem disoriented or are acting in an unusual manner.
Registration forms are available on the Waco Police Department
or the McLennan County Sheriff's website www.co.mclennan.tx.us/sheriff/takemehome.aspx
Forms may be filled out and mailed or brought to the Waco Police Department at 721 N. 4th St (4th and Waco Dr.).
This form will not be accepted by email.
For any further questions, please contact Jayni Sykora at the Waco Police Department Communications Division by phone at 254-750-7654.
For Texas State ID Cardholders with Disabilities
Texas Drivers License and State ID cards allow for the addition of
information about any medical condition that may impede communication with a peace officer on the back of the card, provided that the applicant brings a signed physician's statement (Form DL-101) to verify the condition.
If this option was denied to applicants in the past, they may send a copy of their ID card, along with the signed physician's form (DL-101) to:
Sheri Gipson, Drivers License Division
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO #4087Austin, TX 78773-0001
DPS will replace the ID with a new card that includes the medical
information, at no charge.
FOR NEW APPLICANTS:
Bring in your paperwork and all forms, including DL-101, to your local DPS office and request that the medical condition be included on the back of the card.
If there are any questions, the office personnel are directed to call:
Stephen Bell, 512-550-7064
Senior Manager, Customer Operations
Drivers License Division
Texas Department of Public Safety
Download Form DL-101 at
For information on how to apply for a State ID card go to
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