Why Get Help from PTI?
Parent Training and Information (PTI) is federally funded to provide “technical assistance” for family caregivers, youth, and professionals. We know educational systems use a lot of complicated words and follow regulated procedures that can feel confusing. We do our best to help school-and-family teams work together so students with disabilities can access their right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
- Learn more about how to advocate as a family caregiver or as a student with a disability and how to participate on an educational decision-making team.
- Empower yourself with knowledge about early intervention, special education, post-secondary planning, or related systems that impact you or your loved ones in Washington State.
- Talk through options if you feel stuck in advocating for yourself or your child or if you need additional ideas about where to seek help within the community.
- Learn vocabulary that will help you communicate with schools and other agencies. PTI can help you understand concepts such as Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), the right of individuals who qualify for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and/or anti-discrimination rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Seek specific tools, such as letter templates, to help you request an IEP meeting or an educational evaluation. A place to start when a student needs more help at school is PAVE’s toolkit.