The Family and School Support Team (FASST) is a special education focused collaborative team that assists families and educational staff in navigating systems, connecting with necessary services, and offers free education and training classes. Research has consistently proven that the more involved families are in their children's education, the greater the academic achievement. Our goal is to strengthen the all‐important connection between schools and student families.

Support includes:

  • Education & Training Classes for families and professionals on topics specific to Special Education:

      • Pathways to College, Career, and Life Series
      • Special Education 101 for PPCD Parents and Refugee Parents
      • Autism Parenting Program and Autism Professional Development
      • Training Series specific to Intellectual/Developmental Disability
      • Training Series specific to ADHD
      • Parent Book studies
      • Grandparents and Guardians Support Groups
  • 1:1 Advocacy and Assistance for families with educational issues 
  • Collaborative Teaming and assistance for parents/kincare families, as well as the educational team, with school or home issues that impact student success
  • Resources for community services, camps, Medicaid Waiver Programs, trauma related concerns, special topics and funding options for families and school staff 
  • Coordination of districtwide Parent/Family Engagement and Special Education hosted community events
  • Grandparents & Guardians Support Group that provides emotional support, information & coaching for kincare families and legal guardians 
  • “Pláticas/Chats” are campus hosted informal conversation circles with families/guardians of children with special needs, facilitated by a Social Services Specialist from FASST Connect in English or Spanish
  • Campus Parent Ambassador Program (CPAP) is a campus‐based initiative where a special education parent leader hosts informational meetings & offers emotional support while directing parents to appropriate AISD and community resources

Family and School Support Team (FASST)

Kathy Palomo, M.Ed.
Special Education Social Services Specialist
512-414-5833  
kathy.palomo@austinisd.org

Caroll Dennison
Bilingual Support Staff
512‐414‐5834
caroll.dennison@austinisd.org

Autism Society Parent Coaching Videos:

September 2017

La rutina mañanera-Spanish

Mastering the Morning Routine-English

October 2017

Suplemento de autismo-Spanish

Autism Supplement-English

November 2017

Regulación Emocional-Spanish

Emotional Regulation-English