PAVE’s program called Parent Training and Information (PTI) helps family caregivers, youth, and professionals with questions about services for children and young people with disabilities, ages 0-26. PTI provides direct help, training for groups, and access to resources. Click Get Help to fill out the form, and PTI staff will contact you to talk through your situation and provide information, resources, and coaching. For example, PTI staff might help you understand how to refer a student to be evaluated for school-based services. We might help you organize your concerns for a meeting to discuss a student’s Section 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP). PTI empowers parents and students to help them understand their rights, and we provide coaching about special education vocabulary. For example, a student receiving special education services is entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Understanding how to use technical language like FAPE can help families ask questions and share their concerns with the school. If your questions are about something outside of school, we will do our best to help you find appropriate resources within your community.
When you contact us, please tell us which language you use or if you need other accommodations for us to best support you.
PTI provides training on a variety of topics. Live trainings may be in person or online. If you have a group that wants to schedule a training with our staff, click Get Help: Please let us know what you are looking for and we will contact you to discuss your request.
PTI supports a library of on demand trainings. Here are examples of topics we cover, with links to some of our on-demand videos:
- Student Rights
- Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities
- IEP Goal Setting
- Family Advocacy and Children’s Rights in Early Intervention (Birth-3)
- Transition into Preschool and Primary School
- Life After High School: Student and Disability Rights
- Life After High School: Tools for Transition
- How to Navigate School for Youth with Mental Health Concerns
- Self-Care Videos for Families
- Quick Start Your Advocacy in Two Steps
- Procedural Safeguards: How to File a Special Education Complaint
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