Resource Links
Updated 6-17-11 Updated 7-10-11
NEW!! Southern Disability Law Center:
"Keeping Students with Disabilities in School: Legal Strategies and Effective Educational Practices for:
Preventing the Suspension of Students with Disabilities"
Students with disabilities are presently suspended at rates much higher than students without disabilities in many school districts across Texas. This Resource Manual,
intended for parents and educators, addresses  legal strategies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and effective educational practices for
preventing the disciplining of students with disabilities.   

1. Early childhood   2. School years, and 3. Transitioning towards adulthood  (Advocacy series by Brandy Abel Clark)

The Autism Supplement:  The Commissioner’s Rules on IEP development for students with autism -- TAC 89.1055(e) ---  guides
ARD committee decisions by ensuring eleven critical needs are addressed.  It also emphasizes the need for qualified personnel who
have adequate training to carry out the strategies
CLICK HERE for a checklist to take to your next ARD meeting that lists each strategy and ARD Committee consideration and decision
regarding implementation, along with TEA guidance and commentary on each of the 11 points.

Powerpoint Presentation on
Your Rights as an Adult with Disabilities (by Kelly Yarbrough, May HOTAN meeting)

READ MORE ABOUT IT! Click here for a list of some of the books and DVD's regarding autism available for FREE checkout from the
Waco McLennan County Library.

APPS and FUNDING for Special Needs! Families with special needs children may find grants and funding available to
help them afford medical treatments, therapies, assistive technologies (INCLUDING iPADS) etc.
Click here  for a list of resources for funding/grant assistance, as well as a list of apps for mobile technology devices, for
autism and special needs.

AREA GROUPS and ACTIVITIES .. CLICK HERE for a list of other area Support Groups

Childcare for Special Needs Children:
Statewide searchable database of child care providers: Child Care Providers in Your Area    --  One of the search criteria is "children
with special needs".  
Care.com - online registry of caregivers/respite/babysitters - Special Needs Online Registry of Childcare/Respite/Babysitters

"Tax Tips for the Legally Disabled"

"AUTISM RESOURCE GUIDE" - Good information gathered together in one place:

Orienting Young People with Exceptional Needs about the Juvenile Justice System videos and printed resources for families and youth,
developed by the Ohio State Bar Foundation

“Helping Children with Autism” http://www.helpguide.org/mental/autism_help.htm

“Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent’s Guide” –

En Español:
(Spanish) IDEA, The Manual for Parents and Students about Special Education Services in Texas, 2012-

(Spanish) Autism Speaks "100-day toolkit" in spanish, for parents of newly diagnosed children:

(Spanish) NICHCY's (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) Autism Information:

(Spanish) Autism Society of America: http://www.autism-society.org/espanol/

(Spanish) Little Hands for Autism: http://www.manitasporautismo.com/index.html

(Spanish) Talk About Curing Autism: http://www.tacanow.org/category/en-espanol/

(Spanish) Centers for Disease Control Autism Information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spanish/autism/index.html
Autism Spectrum Disorder Medical Guide, a compilation of links and resources about autism

"Parenting Through the IEP: Understanding the IEP Process"
A powerpoint presentation prepared by Torey Lewis, a local parent-advocate, to help parents understand and navigate through the special
education process

"What does Sensory Integration Have To Do With My Child?" --- Powerpoint presentation prepared by Dianne Downing Moore, Speech
Language Pathologist, and Kelli Thompson, Early Intervention Specialist for Klaras Center for Children / Early Childhood Intervention (October
2011 Heart of Texas Autism Network Meeting) -- This is a large file, be patient!

Bullying resources:
Baylor Autism Resource Center Bullying Powerpoint
Texas Law and Bullying                                                        THE BULLY PROJECT Toolkit
STOP School Bullying Now Resources and Website        Wrightslaw - Legal help for parents
"Walk A Mile In Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs" (AbilityPath.org)
Heart of Central Texas Resources:

ARC of McLennan County  

Education Service Center Region 12   

Baylor Autism Resource Center  

Parents of Autistic Children (PAC)-Relief

Autism Society of America Greater Austin Chapter

Caregivers Ladder: Support group in Temple and Waco for caregivers/parents of special needs children

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas

Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network

Heart of Texas Independent Living Center

InKidAble / Children's Special Needs Network

REACH Therapeutic Riding Center in McGregor  and Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center in West
Freedom Reins Counseling Center in McGregor

KIDS CONNECTION PROJECT! Kids Connection Project are regional directories for the Special Care industry -- businesses, medical
providers, recreation opportunities, nonprofit organizations, agencies, etc ...  provided FREE to the public.
Now in Waco/Temple area!
Monthly meetings alternate between Temple and Waco.

Texas Autism / ASD Organizations Links:

DisabilityRights, Texas (previously Advocacy Inc)  

Autism Treatment Centers of Texas (Residential)

IDEA, The Manual for Parents and Students about Special Education Services in Texas, 2012
Available for download at the websites of both The Arc of Texas and Disability Rights Texas .  An essential resource.

Monarch Academy  A Special Needs Private School at Morgan's Wonderland.

Morgan’s Wonderland  The world’s first fully-accessible theme park specifically for people with special needs, in San Antonio.

Partners Resource Network PATH Project    

Roadmap to understanding Texas Medicaid Waivers  pdf file. Excellent graphic.


Texas Assistive Technology Network For students with disabilities receiving special education services. TATN provides training,
resource information and information on Assistive Technology to families and educators.

Texas Autism Research and Resource Center  Comprehensive information on ASD and programs in Texas that provide essential
services and supports to people affected by ASD.

Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Texas Education Agency Special Education Page  

Texas Project F.I.R.S.T.  (Families, Information, Research, Support and Training) website for parents of children receiving special
education services.

Texas Parent to Parent Network  

Texas State Council on Autism / Pervasive Developmental Disorders  --  
Texas State Council's Recommendations to the 83rd Legislature

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism  Provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for
educators who serve students with autism.

The Texas Technology Access Program A free Assistive Technology device loan program for persons all ages, and provides resources
to help people acquire Assistive Technology,
computers and other devices.

Texas Medicaid Waivers 101 online video. Free DVD copies may be ordered here.

National Autism / ASD Organization Links:

Refinance/mortgage/housing guides created specifically for people living with disabilities.
Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities ;   Mortgage and Home Loan Help Guide for the Disabled

Know the ADA: Guide to Autism  This site, developed by the Arizona Office for Americans With Disabilities (AOAD) lists resources for
autism. The AOAD  also has extensive information about Americans With Disabilities Act.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center (SSDRC.com)  informational website written by a former claims examiner for the
Social Security Administration, and addresses many questions about the application process.

American Academy of Pediatrics, "Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for
Clinicians"  This toolkit was developed to support health care professionals in the identification and ongoing management of children
with autism spectrum disorders.

American Academy of Pediatrics, "Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
To assist pediatricians in educating families and guiding them toward empirically supported interventions for their children,  reviews
the educational strategies and associated therapies that are the primary treatments for children with ASD.

American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report, "Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum
Disorders"   Clinical report provides information, resources and tools for  health care professionals in identifying children with ASDs
as early as possible.

American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement,  Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the
Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening"
This guideline provides information for health care professionals in  developing a pattern and practice for addressing developmental
concerns in children from birth through 3 years of age.

"Autism and Faith: A Journey Into Community"  A great resource for all faith traditions.

Autism: On the Spectrum  General information and resources.

Autism Internet Modules  The AIM project is developing a series of 60 modules on topics including assessment and identification,
characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment.

The Autism News  International News Feed on Autism.

Autism Risk and Safety Management  Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents,
educators, care providers, and the autism community.

Autism Society of America  

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment  -- Although some of the
information is focused on Missouri, the vast majority of the information is not specific to that state.

AutismSpot  An autism portal featuring video, news, stories and more.

Autism Speaks    100-day Toolkit (for families with newly diagnosed children) -- Other Toolkits (Advocacy, Medical, etc.) click here

Autism Trust USA

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) A non-profit organization run by and for autistic people.

SSI Child Disability Starter Kit (for children under age 18) from Disability.gov; click here for a printable summary in brochure format.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Centers for Disease Control Autism Information Center  (En Espanol, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spanish/autism/index.html)

Discussing Autism   

Drugwatch.com  Comprehensive Web site database with extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs
currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Educating Young Children with Autism: At the request of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, this
project was undertaken by the National Research Council to consider the state of the scientific evidence of the effects of early
educational intervention on young children with ASDs. spectrum disorders.

First Signs  a guide to early signs, screening, diagnosis and treatment of Autism.

Grace App A digital version of the Picture Exchange Communications System  that allows children with autism to build sentences and
communicate visually.

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) A Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts concerning ASDs, within
the Department of Health and Human Services.

JobTIPS from Do2Learn.com. A free program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore
career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment.

Let's Cook! Life Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum  A new program to show parents how to use cooking to engage and socialize with
their ASD kids. Visuals are included.

"Missing Pieces"  A song and music video by country singer Mark Leland, about his son who has autism (on You Tube).

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) - Now the CENTER FOR PARENT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES  

National Institute of Mental Health: Autism Spectrum Disorders  

Neurological Institutes of Health Autism Fact Sheet  

NEW: Parents Guide to Evidence-based Practice and Autism  Very extensive guide published by the National Autism Center.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center  including a free iPhone IEP Checklist App

Positively Autism  Free newsletter and printables for teachers of students with Autism.

Science Daily  Science news about Autism.

Special Needs Section at Apple Apps Store.

TechMatrix A free online database designed to help educators and families find educational and Assistive Technology resources and
help for students with special needs.

Wrightslaw  Accurate, reliable Information about Special Education Law and Advocacy
for Children with Disabilities.

List of summer camps for children/adults with autism/special needs (Click here)

Central Texas School District Sites
Heart of Texas Autism Network
Axtell ISD                         Axtell ISD School Board
Bruceville/Eddy ISD       Bruceville/Eddy ISD School Bd
China Spring ISD            China Spring ISD School Bd
Crawford ISD                                     
Connally ISD                    Connally ISD School Board
Gatesville ISD                  Gatesville ISD School Board
Gholson ISD                                               
Hillsboro ISD                    Hillsboro ISD School Board
LaVega ISD                      LaVega ISD School Board    
Lorena ISD School Board         
Marlin ISD School Board
McGregor ISD                                  McGregor ISD School Board
Robinson ISD                                          
Rapoport Academy (Waco)
Riesel ISD                                         Riesel ISD School Board
Temple ISD                                       Temple ISD School Board
Troy ISD                                             Troy ISD School Board
West ISD                                            West ISD School Board

Region 12 Counties and Districts
(for other ISDs not listed here)
The Mission of the Heart of
Texas Autism Network is to
empower individuals, families
and communities touched by
Autism Spectrum Disorders
to lead fulfilling lives.

HOTAN is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization
and donations are
tax deductible.

For a free HOTAN brochure
PDF file
click here.

HOTAN seeks people who
speak Spanish to help the
parents of ASD persons
whose primary language is

Those qualified and able to
help should contact HOTAN
through our
Contact Us page.

HOTAN is seeking volunteers
to organize and execute
various programs, activities
and functions it supports.  

To volunteer,
please contact