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In this issue, we focus on how to obtain benefits if you were affected by the winter storm in Texas, how to participate in virtual ARD meetings, and how to acquire skills for transition via online resources.  

How to Find Assistance After the Winter Storm 

Millions of Texans were left without water or electricity when our state was hit by a winter storm which brought record low temperatures for several days. Nearly 8.8 million people were under boil water notices, which were issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to NBC News.
The commission said 260 boil water notices across the state have been rescinded as of Monday morning, but 120,000 peoplewere still without water service.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said customers whose electricity bills soared after huge parts of the state lost power last week — and demand surged in Texas' market-based system — would be shielded from "unreasonable" bills.

If you and/or your family are in need of assistance seek benefits here:

Get Assistance
Water and Food Distribution in Houston area
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act

Check if your county is still under Water Boil Advisory:
Texas Restrictions on Water Use Map
How to Boil Water
FAFSA will have only 36 questions starting in October 2022

Participating in Virtual ARD Meetings

If you have a personal computer or borrowed device from your school district, start getting familiar (if you have not already) with the applications, like Zoom, used by your school for virtual classes.

Online meetings and classes can be challenging if you or your parents do not have the necessary technological skills such as knowing how to download a document, how to submit a digital signature, or how use a computer's built-in camera and microphone.  

Many school districts are also using virtual platforms for ARD meetings. Remember that your ARD meetings provide a great opportunity for you and your parents to discuss your educational progress and to map out goals for the coming year, including transitioning from high school to college, a trade school, and/or employment.

Check out CADRE's Infographic about Virtual Meetings  Preparation and Technology Tips to learn more about what to do and what to expect in your virtual ARD meeting this year.  

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Supporting Transition Skills in a Virtual World

Community experiences during high school are an important predictor of postsecondary success in the area of employment.

Virtual experiences allow you to explore community activities that you may be interested in pursuing as an adult. You may not be able to get out into the community right now to engage in these activities, but you can access online resources to learn more about your interests and preferences in ways that will help you plan and prepare for adult life. These resources can support the development of academic, work-related, and social skills that support community engagement while practicing responsible social distancing.

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College Preparation Checklist Tool

Scholarships: Make Every Cent Count! 

Scholarships are funds that can help you pay for college ad do not need to be re-paid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

The application process will depend on each scholarship’s requirements and deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! 

Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

To learn more about scholarships visit
Federal Student Aid

Where to find scholarships
Disability Based Scholarships
Scholarships for Minority Students 


Career Exploration

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 FAFSA 2021 Tips

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Disability & Equity Discussions
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