The Family Support Network provides resources, opportunities and support to keep you and your athlete healthy, well-cared for and safe.
Families are a fundamental component to the Special Olympics Texas program. Family involvement is important because:
Get all the information you need from the Families Information Guide.
Transition Planning Brochure - Making the transition from a school-based to an adult Special Olympics Texas Team. For specific area information contact your Area Director.
Young Athletes Information Sheet - Information on Young Athletes between 2 and 7 years old.
Special Olympics Texas plans to develop a Resource Center for families and caregivers of athletes at the chapter office. We want to know what is important to you and your Special Olympics Texas athlete. To receive SOTX information, please fill out the Family Registration Form.
If you want to get involved at the area level, contact your Area Director.
Financial resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities are insufficient to meet the increasing demand. The earlier the financial application process is begun, the sooner a family member may be entered into the system to access resources. It is the Family Support Network’s intent to provide parents, guardians and caregivers with sound information on financial resources so they can make informed choices early on in the athletes’ lives.
Legal resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities are extremely important in planning and decision-making for the future. There are many legal issues to consider as the athlete approaches 18 years of age and older. Legally, part of the decision making process is to determine guardianship of an individual who is deemed to be legally incapable of caring for themselves. Additionally, the family is required by law to be included in the educational and medical decisions for an adult with intellectual disabilities.
This focus area provides information to the parent, guardian or care giver on a student moving through the educational system from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school and from high school to the adult world. It provides information on each of these transitional phases in a student’s life and into adulthood. For Special Olympics Texas purposes, this resource also informs family members on how to keep an athlete in Special Olympics by joining an area team once leaving the school system at age 22.