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Parent Training and Information Project

The Parent Information Center of Delaware is the only organization in Delaware charged by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs to serve as the state's Parent Training and Information  (PTI) Center.  As mandated under Section 671/672 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the PTI provides parent of children with disabilities between birth and age 26 the information and skills  necessary to become effective partners in their children's provisions for special education and related services.  The contents of this website were developed, in part, under a grant from the US Department of Education, CFDA 84.328M. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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As one of only 104 PTIs and Community Resource Centers around the country, PIC meets its mission of advancing effective parent engagement in education by providing parents and caregivers of children with disabilities information, education, and advocacy skills that are essential in helping their children succeed. In addition, PIC representatives sit on many committees, task forces, and policy-making councils to ensure the voice of parents of children with disabilities is considered.

More about PTI

As a PTI, PIC provides information and support for families who have children and youth with disabilities or special needs, beginning at birth through age 26. Among the services offered by PIC through the PTI are:

  • Training and information that meet the needs of all parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, in particular those who encounter economic, educational and English language barriers;
  • Collaboration with educators and professionals who provide special education, early intervention, transition, and related services;
  • Access to resources that will assist children with disabilities and their families in school and at home;
  • Direct support in the development of individual education programs and individualized family service plans and assistance with dispute resolution;
  • Support and assistance understanding procedural safeguards, rights, laws, and regulations;
  • Information on alternate options for conflict and dispute resolution

To meet these high expectations, PIC staff members take part in rigorous trainings provided by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs, the National Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers, and the Delaware Department of Education. PIC Parent Consultants have the expertise to provide the assistance parents and caregivers of children with disabilities require, helping them access the appropriate special education and related services their children need to achieve high academic and functional outcomes. Moreover, most of our Parent Consultants are parents of children with disabilities or special needs, bringing understanding and empathy to their position.

To ensure that PIC reflects the perspective of its constituency, a majority of its governing board members are either parents of children with a disability or professionals working in the disabilities field.

Office of Special Education Programs

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Services is a branch of the United Stated Department of Education that is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing oversight and support related to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Visit the Office of Special Education Programs to learn more.

Parent Technical Assistance Center

As the Parent Training and Information Center for Delaware, PIC is a member of a national network of organizations fulfilling similar missions across the nation called the ALLIANCE National Parent Training Assistance Center (NPTAC). NPTAC provides innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information, and high quality resources and materials. A major goal of the ALLIANCE National PTAC is to build the capacity of Parent Centers in order to improve results for children with disabilities ages 0 -26 from underrepresented and underserved populations in urban and rural areas.

NPTAC’s model of support reflects evidence based practices, promotes systems change, and encourages parent-professional partnerships. The training events, product development, strategic planning, technology, business partnerships, and evaluation offered through the ALLIANCE National PTAC are designed to meet the needs of Parent Centers and support the development of positive outcomes for children with disabilities.

Visit the ALLIANCE National Parent Training Assistance Center to learn more.

Delaware Department of Education

PIC works with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to ensure that all of our programming and information reflect current statute, regulations, and policy and enhance our overall resources for parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals. PIC collaborates with DDOE on specific programming, such as the Educational Surrogate Parent Program. PIC is also a partner in the State Personnel Development Grant.

Visit the Delaware Department of Education to learn more.

 

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