The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for eight cooperative agreements to support the establishment and operation of eight Technical Assistance Centers for Parents Centers, whose purpose will be to support parent information and training programs. There are currently 100 parent information centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education whose purpose is to support the education of children and youth with disabilities by strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and families. The section of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dealing with parent information centers details several ways in which these centers might need technical assistance:
- Coordinating parent training efforts;
- Disseminating scientifically based research and information;
- Promoting the use of technology, including assistive technology devices and assistive technology services;
- Reaching underserved populations, including parents of low-income and limited English proficient children with disabilities;
- Including children with disabilities in general education programs;
- Facilitating all transitions from early intervention through postsecondary environments; and
- Promoting alternative methods of dispute resolution, including mediation.
Applications are due July 18, 2013. For more information on this award and the application requirements, please see the Federal Register Notice.