Webinar Archive - Education

The Accessibility and Disability Policy Webinars are free, real-time captioned sessions held on a monthly basis that cover a variety of topics regarding people with disabilities in ten issue areas. Topics of interest can benefit employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.

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The Importance of Braille Literacy

Presented on January 29, 2021 
This session will cover the importance of early Braille intervention services and how having this skill leads to higher student literacy. In addition, we will cover the results of a study on Braille in employment, resources for people who become blind later in life, and Braille in Spanish resources. Presented by Norma Crosby, Emily Gibbs, and Daniel Martinez.

Hot Topics in Special Education Law

Recorded on July 20, 2019
Navigating ongoing hot-button topics in Texas special education can be confusing! In this session we will cover some developments from the end of the legislative session, as well as challenges surrounding the way Texas identifies students who would benefit from special education. Referred to as “child find”, the state has been working to make changes to better identify children who need special education services.

Dorene Philpot is a private practice attorney based in Galveston, Texas. She devotes her practice entirely to representing special needs children and their parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.

Transition Through All Ages and Stages

Presented on May 7, 2019
Life is marked by transitions—preschool to kindergarten, middle to high school, and the innumerable transitions we experience on a daily basis both at home and in the community. Brenda will discuss practical ways parents and school staff can plan for transitions for students with disabilities at every age and every stage, with the ultimate goal of creating a fulfilling adult life. 

Presented by Brenda L. Nelson, M.S. of Nelson Educational Consulting.

Got Braille?

Presented on May 1, 2019
Parents and teachers of students with visual impairments are often asked if braille is ‘really necessary’ when so much of today’s content is available through electronic devices. The answer is, braille is absolutely necessary! Discover why braille is an important form of basic literacy, and why its value is not lessened in today’s world of smart phones, tablets, computers, and other assistive technology. 

Presented by Susan O'Brien, M.Ed. of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Top Tips for Tip Top Transition

Presented on March 9, 2019
This is the session for you if:

  • your child is in elementary or middle school and you want to know more about transition planning in the IEP; 
  • you’re in the midst of transition and feel overwhelmed; or 
  • you’re a seasoned veteran and looking for more resources to help your family or your friends as they move toward graduation and adult life!

Elizabeth Danner will review the key elements of transition planning, help families and students understand what they can expect, and share resources that can help you move with confidence to the Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) meeting where transition will be discussed, and to the Good Life that awaits beyond graduation!

The Transition ARD

Presented on April 10, 2018
This session covers an overview of the special education process and requirements for the Transition ARD, vocational rehabilitation services for transition age students, and options for making educational and other decisions after the age of 18.