April 2021
CISD Booster for Special Programs News
Check Out Opportunities to Connect and Learn Calendar of Events

CISD Special Programs Horizon's Virtual Fair
Tuesday, April 20 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CISD Booster for Special Programs
Spring Social
Friday, April 23 @ 3:30-5 pm
Brown Bag about Transitions
Wed., April 28, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m followed by Q&A with parent panel 12:00 - 12:30 pm
CISD Dyslexia Mentor Program Information Session
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Southlake Carroll Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Community Kick-off
Monday, April 17, 2021 10:30 a.m.
Dragons Special Olympics
Special Olympics Logo
All Zoom meetings:
Meeting ID: 854 6605 9616
Passcode: Xd1QwZ
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Zoom meetings will be also streamed on Facebook Member page when possible.
April 13th:
Facebook Live for Members

Book Lovers Prep Class with Pat Morton
"These High, Green Hills" by Jan Karon

April 16th:
Life Skills
Topic: How to Manage Stress

April 19th:
Ambassador's Club
Topic: Share About your Favorite Program

April 20th:
Facebook Live for Members

Reading is Fun Book Club
Book: " Who was Leonardo da Vinci?" by Roberta Edwards

April 23rd:
Life Skills
Topic: Safety at Home

Men's Club
Hobby Night: Share & Show your hobby or collection

April 26rd:
Girls Night Out
Hobby Night: Share & Show your hobby or collection

April 27th:
Facebook Live for Members

Book Lovers Book Club
"These High, Green Hills" by Jan Karon

April 30th:
Life Skills
Topic: Basic First Aid
Parent Support Groups
Moms Matter of Tarrant County: A Support Group for Parents of Deaf/HH Children
Meetings held on the Second Tuesday of Each Month | 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Moms Matter of Tarrant County is a support group for parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children. We welcome families in any stage of their D/HH journey as we provide a safe space of encouragement, resources, and positive Deaf role models. This is an ASL interpreted support group. Registration is required and available online. For more information, contact Rev. Lori Silvestri. 

Moms of Children with Special Needs Support Group
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month
10 a.m. to noon | Room 2129 & Zoom
This group is for moms who have a child of any age with special needs. We share our experiences in our common journey of parenting a child with a disability while also learning about community resources, advocating for our children, parenting tools and spiritual care for mom. Registration is required and available online; Zoom details will be provided. For more information, contact Lori Silvestri at 704-737-0447.​
Membership is our #1 Fundraiser
$25 family - $5 teacher
The CISD Booster for Special Programs is district wide organization that supports Special Programs for all eleven campuses. We are a federally recognized non-profit 501(c) 3. 
MEMBERSHIP is our #1 fundraiser. 

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New TEA Fund for Families of Students With Low Incidence Disability, Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)
They are on-line accounts made available to eligible parents of students with disabilities that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures. Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the on-line accounts to obtain goods and services up to a specific dollar amount that supplement what otherwise happens in school to help their child make more educational progress.

Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the on-line accounts to obtain goods and services up to a specific dollar amount that supplement what otherwise happens in school to help their child make more educational progress. 

A low incidence disability (e.g., an intellectual disability, a developmental disability, a visual impairment, hearing loss, a significant physical disability, multiple disabilities, or are on the autistic spectrum).
CPSH Project-Based 3 Part Voucher Workshops
May 3 - 17
Texas Workforce Commission
TWC - Texas Workforce Commission is a Texas state agency that offers programs to students/adults with disabilities including Special Education and 504 at no cost. 
Programs they are currently offering for the 2020-2021 school year and summer of 2021. They are split into services for students 14-15 years old and services for students 16 and older. Please review them and see what they have to offer that might be of benefit to your son/daughter. It is always good to start learning pre-employment skills early! If your son/daughter is 13, you can see what they can do when they turn 14.
Do you have a student that will be at least 16 by May 31?
Calling all Parents of a student that will be at least 16 by this May 31. Do you want your student to have a paid part time job for 5 weeks this summer? If the answer is YES, then keep reading and see the attached flyer. 
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is providing a paid summer work program thru Work Ready Texas. There will be two sessions –
May 31 – July 2
July 5 – August 6
Your student will work with a job coach initially and then the job coach will fade as needed. Each student will work a maximum of 20 hours per week (depending on the student). Students will gain paid work experience in entry level retail, customer service, food services, stocking/shipping and receiving, or recreation services in this area.  Transportation is available if needed. 
To apply:
1. Complete the attached VR 1820 - signed by parent (if the student is a minor) or adult student
2. Documentation of Disability – send the first page of the ARD paperwork that states the diagnosis
3. Copy of Photo ID as one of the following: Student ID/ Driver’s License/ Passport
4. Copy of Social Security Card
5. All of the above must be sent to richard.jenke@twc.state.tx.us
Deadline for applications is March 12th     But do not wait until March 12, this could fill up! 
Questions can be answered by Mr. Jenke at richard.jenke@twc.state.tx.us or you can contact me at karen.donegan@southlakecarroll.edu
April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month
COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A Follow-Up, Accessible Vaccination Instructions Now Available
Texas A&M University
Opening Doors to College in Texas
April 15th 6:30 PM (CST)
Summer Camp Opportunities
IDD's Flexing Independence, Retaining Employment (FIRE) program
Flexing Independence, Retaining Employment
Each Tuesday 6-7 p.m. through April 27

"FIRE: Flexing Independence and Retaining Employment," is a 9-week group skills training opportunity to provide introductory virtual skills training in social skills to make a good impression to employers, career exploration, access job search services, and to discover community resources available to help reach employment and independent living goals.
This FREE training is available to any person with a disability ages 14-22. Participation in all sessions is encouraged but not required. Certificates of completion will be awarded. Information and registration
If you missed a week's session of FIRE, it is now available on their YouTube channel.
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