A Community Voice for Special Education

June 6, 2019

The Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) at the University of Texas at Austin is launching a new initiative through it's Strategic Health Alliance (SHA) project to engage community members in providing guidance to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on special education issues.

The SHA brings diverse perspectives to the table to put research on brain health, brain development, brain diversity, and brain disability into community-led action.   

Partners on this project include the Institute of Public School Initiatives, also part of the University, Knowbility, and Texas Parent to Parent. These partners bring the communities of Texas together both online and in person and build a communication bridge that will serve the children of Texas for years to come. 

Special education services can begin at age 3 and end at age 22. Strong special education results in a better education for all, supports the economic future of Texas, and is critical for children to live their potential. The TEA directly impacts every public school in Texas, including charter schools. This is an opportunity for students, families, professionals, the faith community, public agencies, non-profits, and businesses to join together and improve education on a statewide level.  

For more information on this initiative, visit the TCDS website.