My Child Doesn't Talk: FREE Parent Training: Tues April 18th 9am-12pm

My Child Doesn’t Talk: The Next Steps: A Deeper Look Into Strategies for Children with Communication Needs

In this training, we will continue to build on the skills and strategies acquired during the first training of My Child Doesn’t Talk. These research-based strategies will address the language needs of children with developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and others. We will look at preplanning for communication needs and how that looks as far as low tech and high tech devices. Parents will be given techniques to use in the home and in the community to aid in their child’s communication needs and enable them to acquire a higher level of skills.

Note: You do not have had to attend the first training to attend this one!

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14th. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please to receive the webinar link. 

CARV: Alamo Call-a-Ride 4 Vets

FREE Transportation for Veterans, Spouses, Widows, and Widowers. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? An eligible person who has served in the US military, immediate family (spouse, under 18, or disabled adult living with the veteran) or Surviving Spouse who is in need of transportation (even just once). 

WHERE CAN I GO? The rides can be utilized for virtually any purpose within our 13 county Alamo region including: Doctor visits (not just to the VA), grocery needs, government office, trips to a senior center or community agency, FREE VIA bus passes also available.  

-Eligible person requests ride by calling 210-362-5254 or 1-800-960-5201 or email
-AACOG Staff assists the rider with: information needed to provide the ride (NO forms to fill out), verifying eligibility through VA ID or military Service documents
-Rider is approved and provided contact number for transportation provider in their area or assistance in scheduling a ride (allow 7-10 days to prior to ride request) 
-If eligible, ride is FREE (number of rides allowed is based on funding)

Call to sign up: 210-362-5254  or 1-800-960-5201 or email

Morgan's Wonderland Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday April 15th

$7 per person. Free for children 2 and under and free for special-needs. 

Hunts 9am-11am

Rides open at 11 am

Park hours 9am-5pm

Other activities: Photos with Joy the Butterfly, Face Painting, Bunny Hop Dance Party, DJ, Games

**Free Bag of popcorn with online purchase of ticket**

Please visit the website below to order your tickets.

Rtl & Section 504: Wed, Mar. 29 @9am-12pm

Parenting is one of those jobs that doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but we are here to help educate you!  In order for parents to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work together as partners with our educators, parents must have the information to empower them.  This training will provide parents and community members with information about what promotes student success through the RtI and Section 504 process.  Please join us to learn how both of these services can help qualifying students receive support to help them reach success in their areas of need.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27th. **


This training will be provided via webinar. Please to receive the webinar link. 

Autism Community Network: "NIGHT OUT WITH THE MISSIONS" Apr. 15

Join us as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month with The San Antonio Missions Baseball Team.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 6pm. Nelson Wolff Stadium 5757 US Highway 90 West

Ticket Price: $25 includes admission for 1 and a t-shirt

Call 210-435-1000 to purchase tickets or visit

Autism Community Network MOVIE NIGHT: Apr. 2 @ 5pm

Join us on Sunday, April 2nd, at 5 PM, at the Palladium IMAX for Life, Animated and a question session with ACN's expert panel following the show.

Life, Animated
Rated PG

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Rated PG for thematic elements, and language including a suggestive reference

Get tickets now at the link below:


CAMPfest: FREE EVENT!- Sat. March 25th 11am-4pm

Join us for an afternoon in the Texas Hill Country!


CAMPfest is a free, family-friendly event, and is open to the public. 

Activities include face painting, archery, nature, outdoor cooking, 

arts & crafts, bounce house, caricatures, carnival games, 

tractor rides, and music recreation.


New to CAMP? Take a tour of our facility, attend a Question & Answer Session, and receive on-site application assistance.

You will also have an opportunity to visit with local agencies at the Resource Fair.  


Saturday March 25, 2017, 11 am to 4 pm

Camp CAMP, 515 Skyline Drive
Center Point, TX 78010
Lunch will be provided by Whataburger so please register online by clicking RSVP below so we know you're coming!
The splash pad will be open, so bring a bathing suit and towel!
(weather permitted)

Click here to download a CAMPfest flyer.


Summer Recreation Resource Fair- Sat. Feb 25 9-11 am

Featuring over 30 organizations (including ABA Center for Excellence, so come see us!) offering summer programs, respite, camps, support groups, recreation, and many more resources for kids and adults with special needs. 

Saturday February 25th from 9-11 am

Location:  The Arc of San Antonio, Pam Stephens Center, 6530 Wurzbach Rd., SATX 78240.

**No Registration required!!**

For more information please contact Brooke Kearney, 210-430-4300 ext. 122,

Dares, Drugs and Dangerous Teen Trends: February 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Are you really in the know about drugs, dares, and dangerous technology trends? This training is designed to increase drug, alcohol, and technology awareness for all members of the school community. Parents attending this training will learn the latest trends and will be amazed at the different ways our students are hiding drugs. You will also learn about dangerous apps and technology trends affecting the school community.
**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20th. **
 Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
This training will be provided via webinar. Please to receive the webinar link. 

Pathways to Adulthood: February 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

This one-day training will help you prepare for your child’s life after high school.

Parents will learn how to plan NOW for quality of life in the areas of work, at home, medical services, friendship and supports, as well as having the opportunity to develop short– and long-term goals and the steps to carry them out.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13th. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.(Lunch Provided)

NOTE: This training is sponsored by Texas Parent to Parent and they prefer you register through them! To register for this training: go to A flyer in English and Spanish is attached for more information.

Bullying: Tips for Parents- Tuesday, February 7, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Never before in history have parents had to face so many challenges when raising their children.  Bullying is a serious issue and becoming more prevalent in schools today.  Learn the characteristics of someone being bullied and how to recognize signs of students who bully.  Bullying: Tips For Parents, will provide participants with early intervention techniques to help prevent bullying, which one day may save your child.                                                                                           

Tuesday, February 7, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                    

   **Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please email to receive the webinar link.

To register: Call Lori Williams at 210-370-5466 or email

Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs

Some apps have been recommended for teachers and parents of kids with learning disabilities. The apps have been arranged into four main categories: apps for dyslexic learners, apps for autistic learners, apps for the visually impaired and apps for learners with writing difficulties.  For those of you using Android a similar list will soon be posted. Stay tuned.

Click the link for a detailed list and information to download the apps you are interested in:

Servicing Military Youth - February Patriot's Express

This month’s edition includes:

·        Let’s Talk:  College and Career Readiness Night (K-12)

·        Read Across JBSA – Grab your hat and read with the Cat!

·        Homeschool Happenings

·        Training Tidbits

o   Helping Military Children Discover the S.P.A.R.C

o   ASM International Alamo Chapter – Materials Camp – Free Training for Science Teachers!

·        Class Connections

o   Become A Mentor

o   PCSing with School Age Youth

·        $cholarship $earch – Show Me the Money$$

·        JBSA Homeschool Contacts

·        Community Partner Highlight


o   KLRN – Learn & Play

o   Cardboard Kids – ChildSafe

o   Become An EFMP Respite Care Provider

o   Tappestry Conference – Creating A Culture of Empowerment

Click on the link below for  more information on these activities and events:

Free Rides for Veterans Every Day Alamo Call-a-Ride 4 Vets serves Veterans and Spouses!

Transportation can be a challenging barrier for many in accessing benefits and services in the Alamo region.  In support of mobility option for our community,  AACOG has partnered with the Texas Veterans Commission to provide free rides to Veterans and their immediate family members.  


Program Highlights:

1)      The program is at NO COST to the Veteran or family members and available to persons of any age and income level.

2)      Rides can be provided for a variety of purposes – medical appointments, VA appointments, social activities, family activities, etc.

2)    Veterans,  family members (spouses, children under 18, adult dependent children), and Surviving Spouses (widows/widowers) are all eligible for services.

3)    Even if a Veteran is not in need of ride assistance presently, if they rely on others for transportation they may wish to register NOW for the program in the case of their normal ride falling through.

4)    The program serves Veteran clients in the 13-county AACOG region: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina,  and Wilson.

5)    The program operates Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM (excluding holidays). No ride requests can be accepted after-hours. Five to seven days is requested if possible for scheduling rides.


To register for the program, please email:, or call: Toll-free (800) 960-5201.  For more information, visit


This  program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veteran’s Assistance (FVA). The FVA provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.”

Looking for Therapists!: BCBA and RBT

ABA Center for Excellence is hiring BCBA’s, Registered Behavior Technicians and noncertified behavioral therapists! ABA Center for Excellence provides a positive work environment with employee trainings, consultations and supervision that enable our staff to professionally grow and reach their highest potential while assisting individuals of all ages and capabilities to reach their greatest potential! ABA Center for Excellence strives to work on socially valid goals in naturalistic settings while utilizing a team approach for each individual client.


·         Competitive salary/hourly wage

·         Employee health and dental benefits

·         Paid time off

·         Meeting supervision requirements set by the BACB

·         Access to facility and therapy related materials

·         Collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team

·         Opportunity for growth within the agency

Responsibilities include:

·         Helping to develop and implementing behavior plans that include but not limited to targeting:

1.      Social Skills

2.      Communication Skills

3.      Toileting

4.      Feeding

5.      Daily Living Skills

6.      Academics

7.      Parent Training

8.      Staff and Caregiver Training

·         Maintaining records including client binders, data and graphing, session notes, etc. while maintaining to client confidentiality and HIPAA laws

·         Providing one on one ABA or Behavioral Support therapy

·         Providing services through a team approach

·         Assisting in conducting formal assessments (VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, ect) 

·         Practicing within the scope of the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct

Requirements / Qualifications:

·         Undergraduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, Psychology, or related field or having the RBT credential

·         Preferred having background in ABA or working with challenging behaviors

·         Able to meet deadlines

·         Works well in a team

·         Accepts feedback willingly

·         Communicates effectively with families and community members

We are located at 3201 Cherry Ridge Dr. Ste. B205, San Antonio, Tx 78230. If interested please contact Dawn Garcia by email or phone 210-685-2266.H

The Benefits of Being Bilingual: FREE Training

Come learn all the benefits of being bilingual in a multicultural, multilingual society. This training will review services for English learners and help you discover the stages of second language acquisition.  You will also learn you can support your child and be an active participant in this journey to help meet the rigorous state standards and understand what you can expect to see at home and at school.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13th. **


This training will be provided via webinar. Please email and she can send you the webinar link when I receive it. 

Call For the Arts - Interpretations of What It Means to Be a Military Child

A great opportunity for our youth to showcase their many talents.  Call for the Arts allows thousands of military children - from all over the world, from every service, of all ages - to mail in their drawings, their poems, and their interpretations of what it means to be a military child.

Submissions are due Jan 27.

Artwork in the visual arts is featured at the MCEC Annual conference each year. It is utilized in the On The Move magazine, the annual calendar, the annual conference program, and other MCEC publications.

Writing, including essays, poetry, and short stories, is featured in the annual conference program, the On The Move magazine, the annual calendar, and other MCEC publications.

Film is considered for display at the Annual Training Seminar each year.

Suggested Topics Include:
. Parents/Family
. Transitions/Changes
. Military Lifestyle
. The Life Lessons You've Learned
. Teachers/School
. Cultures Experienced
. Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams

To download the Official Submission form or for further information please visit:

KLRN-Military Play & Learn Series - FREE for Military - Birth to Five

Happy Holidays!  Please pass on to families that may be interested!

KLRN has received another round of funding for their Ready, Set, Grow series featuring military families.  Here are some highlights:

*         It is a free program for military families that have children
birth to age 5 (Includes active, veteran, and transitioning).
*         It is a 10 week program. Families meet once a week, every week for
2.5 hours.
*         It is a school readiness program.
*         The sites vary in the community. Families meet at the same
location every week.

They will have 2 series coming up, each is reserved for 25 families, and it is a first come, first serve basis. The winter series will start Tuesday, January 10th, and be for 10 consecutive weeks. They already have 15 families enrolled! The Spring series will begin Tuesday, April 4th, and it will be for 10 consecutive weeks.
For more information on this initiative:

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Elisha Flores, Education Activities Coordinator, 210-208-8429