What families tell PTI about how we helped
Our Parent Training and Information (PTI) staff love hearing from you! Sometimes families we’ve worked with tell us they feel stronger going into a meeting. They tell us that a meeting was more productive because they arrived more organized, or that school staff talked to them on a more equal level because they were able to “speak school.” When we’re able to connect directly with students, we love hearing that they feel more prepared to ask for what they want or need from their teachers. Our hope is to empower everyone we work with to support the rights of people with disabilities and their families. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a concept we sometimes talk about in our work. When a school uses UDL, everyone has their needs met and environments are built to include people who learn and co-exist with many different abilities. We want to move schools and other systems toward being more accessible, more equitable, more appropriate and fairer for individuals with disabilities.
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Here are some comments from families we have served:
“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your PAVE newsletters. They are timely, well thought out, and filled with great information that parents can readily access.”
“I was able to understand what FAPE was and how to ensure my child didn’t fall through the cracks.”
“I was able to get an appropriate 504 Plan in place for my son.”
“Thanks very much for the resources and for all your support … Anxiety is creeping in, but I know I wrote a professional letter [to the school] …”
“This information is very valuable. It is really making sense to me. The phrase that keeps popping into my head, ‘knowledge is power’.”
“I feel so empowered, and I feel like I can actually make change for my son. Thank you.”
“Thank you so much for walking me through this. I don’t think I could have gotten through it without you. I do know that I now have the team’s attention.”
“We honestly were losing hope that the school would do anything for [our child] until you entered the picture. While still very frustrating, at least things are headed in a positive direction now.”
“Your support and encouragement to my 10-year-old daughter, regarding advocacy of herself, gave her such an amazing boost of confidence. Your few minutes time with her had a bigger positive impact than I could possibly express.”
“I can’t thank you enough for the talk today. It was very encouraging.”
“Thank you for all your knowledge and all your help. Those videos are awesome on the website.”
“A quick and sincere THANK YOU! This was such an amazing webinar. Mind blown.”
“I’m currently watching my son access and engage in his education for the first time in many years. I’m so grateful for the many conversations I’ve had with (PAVE) over the years.”
“You have introduced me to a world I didn’t know existed with parent support.”
“Thank you again for your help and for being such a good listener and following up with resources. We really appreciate it!”