• Upcoming Trainings

     

    • The Impact of Guardianship Reforms on Transition Planning: A Parent’s Guide to Guardianship & Alternatives to Guardianship
      • This course is intended to provide training to families, educators and transition designees on the impact of the guardianship reforms enacted by the 85th Legislature on transition planning.  This training will focus on alternatives to guardianship such as supported decision-making and supports and services which could be utilized to avoid the necessity of a guardianship.  To prepare students with disabilities for supported decision-making and other alternatives to guardianship, educational programs must be developed to help students maximize their self-determination and engage in meaningful decision-making. 
      • Held at the ESC 2 located at 209 North Water, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
      • June 21st from 9 AM – 12 PM or 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
      • For more information:  https://www.escweb.net/tx_r2/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=1531858

     

    • The 27th Annual Texas Autism Conference Live Stream
      • Held at Calallen Middle School, Room 3 (The best entrance to use for this room is the entrance closest to the tennis court behind the small building located to the left of the main CMS entrance.)
      • August 1st and 2nd  
        • Thursday, August 1
          • 8:30 am - KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Abandon All Assumptions Except One - Carol Gray
          • 10:15am  Introduction to Social Stories: Philosophy and Case Examples – Carol Gray 
          • 1:15pm  Are you in “The Club” – Rick Daynes 
          • 3:00pm  Let’s Open a Can of Worms! Sexuality and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Barb Hobbs 
        • Friday, August 2
          • 8:30am – KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Moving From “No” to “Yes” Moments: Focus on Building Behavioral Momentum for Success – Dr. Lori Ernsperger  
          • 10:45am – Why are They Doing That?: Practical Solutions for Reducing Challenging Behaviors – Dr. Lori Ernsperger 
          • 1:45pm – Sensory Room – Development and Implementation – Jenny Montalvo 

     

    • Pathways to Adulthood
      • Pathways to Adulthood is a FREE one-day seminar that will help you prepare for your child’s life after high school. It is open to families of children who have a disability, chronic illness or other special health care need and the professionals who work with our children. 
      • Held at the ESC 2 located at 209 North Water, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
      • November 8 from 9 AM - 3 PM
      • For more information: https://www.escweb.net/tx_r2/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=1512862

Parent Resources

  • The 2019-2020 Coastal Bend Aging & Disability Resource Directory - This publication is brought to you by the Aging and Disability Resource Directory Committee. The committee members represent 2-1-1 Texas, Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend, City of Corpus Christi Committee for Persons with Disabilities, Coastal Bend Aging and Disability Resource Center, Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living, Mayor’s Council on Aging, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

     

    Coastal Bend Aging & Disability Resource Center - The Coastal Bend Aging & Disability Resource Center has professional staff who can assist individuals of any age with disabilities, those over 60 years of age, veterans, family caregivers and agency professionals in the Coastal Bend area including Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.  They will listen to your unique needs, help to evaluate the types of services needed and provide information and referrals on available services.

     

    Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process - The ARD Guide explains the process by which an individualized education program (IEP) is developed for a student in Special Education and the rights and responsibilities of a parent concerning the process.

     

    Notice of Procedural Safeguards - This Procedural Safeguards document explains the specific rights and responsibilities of the parent in the special education process.

     

    HOPES II - Healthy Outcomes through Prevention & Early Support - A community-based program that supports families with young children 0-5 years of age. This program is designed to bring families, organizations and communities together to promote a healthy parenting connection and remove any barriers that families might face.

     

    Texas Home Visiting Program - Texas Home Visiting is a free program that helps good people be great parents. The program matches parents with a trained home visitor who comes to wherever you live. Your home visitor is a friendly, experienced person who can answer questions about your pregnancy or being a parent and can help you find services that help you care for yourself and your children.

    Texas Home Visiting uses programs that are proven to support families from pregnancy until the time your child enters kindergarten. Home visiting supports you and helps you set and reach goals for yourself and your child.

    Texas Home Visiting uses four programs that have been proven to help children and families. Please contact the Texas Home Visiting program in your community, and someone can help you find the best program for you and your family.

     

    Texas Education Agency - Special Education Website - The Special Education Website lists all resources for teachers, parents, and Administrators.

     

    Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI) - Services for children ages birth to three who may need specific support/services related to developmental disabilities or delays.

     

    Resources for Disasters and Disability (REDDy) directory - Project REDD (Research and Education on Disability and Disaster) is a research project affiliated with the Center on Disability and Development. Project REDD staff conduct research on and evaluate how disaster affects people with disabilities and provide training and resources so the public can be better prepared and equipped in the event of a disaster or emergency.

     

    Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) offers multiple processes for resolving disuptes related to special education: individualized education program facilitation (FIEP), mediation, special education complaints, and due process hearings.  

     

    Parent Tidbits Newsletter - The focus is to provide parents with bits of information that will empower them as a family unit.

     

    Texas Parent to Parent - Texas Parent to Parent provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness.

     

    CLASS (Community Living & Support Services) - CLASS provides home- and community-based services to people with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to placement in an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or a related condition. A related condition is a disability, other than an intellectual disability, that originated before age 22 and that affects a person's ability to function in daily life.

     

    MDCP (Medically Dependent Children Program) - The program provides services to support families caring for children and young adults who are medically dependent and to encourage de-institutionalization of children in nursing facilities. Texas Health and Human Services employees provide case management services.

     

    HCS (Home and Community-based Services) - The Home and Community-based Services program provides individualized services and supports to persons with intellectual disabilities who are living with their family, in their own home or in other community settings, such as small group homes.

     

    Partners Resource Network - The mission of Partners Resource Network, Inc. is to empower parents of children with disabilities to be effective advocates for their children and to promote positive parent/professional partnerships. (Toll Free: (877) 832-8945; E-mail: prnteam@sbcglobal.net)

  • Medicaid Waiver Programs Information

    There are three waiting lists you should get on now for services that will make a big difference later:


    CLASS (Community Living & Support Services) (877) 438-5658
    MDCP (Medically Dependent Children’s Program) (877) 438-5658
    HCS (Home & Community Services) (800) 458-9858

    These programs provide funding, based on the income of the individual with disabilities (not the family), for therapies, assisted/supported living, home and vehicle modifications,  nursing, adaptive aids and more. Waiting lists are years long; so sign up now!

    Remember that you can always decline the services when your child’s name is at the top of the list.

    The longer you wait to get on the list, the longer it will take to receive necessary services and supports.

  • Community Events and Opportunities

    Beach Wheelchairs at Malaquite Beach - Five wheelchairs, designed for use in the soft sand of the beach, are available for free. To check out the wheelchair, leave a driver's license or personal wheelchair at the visitor center until the wheelchair is returned. All wheelchairs must be returned by 4:30 p.m. that day. Please visit the link for futher rules regarding the use of the beach wheelchairs.

    Chuck E Cheese - Sensory Sensitive Sundays - Chuck E. Cheese's is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

    Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Sensory Night -Sensory night focuses on inclusion for children with sensory sensitivities. They provide a calm and friendly environment with many engaging themed activities. Check the museum events calendar for the next upcoming event.

    Corpus Christi Park and Recreation all-terrain wheelchairs - A whole new avenue of fun has opened up for area beaches like Padre Island, Magee Beach, and North Beach for handicapped people who often can’t push their chairs through the sand to get to the water. The city will enable individuals with mobility impairments to participate in beach recreational activities with new floating wheelchairs.The Corpus Christi Park and Recreation Department has purchased seven new beach floating wheelchairs to allow people with disabilities to not only make it to the water’s edge, but to also float in the water.

    C2C Coach to Communicate - The Coach To Communicate project provides a webinar and face-to-face/online individual parent coaching sessions at no cost for parents, caregivers, teachers, and service providers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Participants will be instructed in how to improve the communication skills of their own children.  This project serves Texas parents, caregivers, teachers, or service providers who have a child up to age 22 with autism spectrum disorder or similar characteristics and who need instruction in communication skills.

    Disclaimer of Endorsement

    These events and resources contain external links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for the user's convenience. The Calallen ISD does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this outside information. The inclusion of links or pointers to particular items is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended as an endorsement by the Calallen ISD of any views expressed or products or services offered on these outside sites or the organizations sponsoring the sites. The Calallen ISD does not endorse individual vendors, products or services. Therefore, any reference herein to any vendor, product or services by trade name, trademark, or manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation or approval of the Calallen ISD.

  • Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

    Special Education records, which have been collected by the Calallen Independent School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of seven years after special education services have ended for the student.  Special education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his/her educational program by age 22, or moves from the district.

    After seven years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, or other purposes.

    Destruction of records is the best protection against improper and unauthorized disclosure. 

    Notice regarding the destruction of records older than seven years old is published periodically and posted on this website before the records are destroyed.

    This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of the Calallen Independent School District’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students whose special education services ended as of the end of the 2010-2011 school year.  These records will be destroyed unless the parent/guardian or eligible student notifies the school district otherwise. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person prior to April 1, 2019 at the following address:

    Calallen ISD Administration Building

    Office of Special Education

    4205 Wildcat Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78410