On Wednesday, April 9, the Federal Register released applications for awards for training and information centers for parents of children with disabilities. The purpose of this program is to fund 24 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) designed to meet the information and training needs of parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, ages birth through 26 and the information and training needs of youth with disabilities living in the States served by the centers.
Since the Department first funded PTIs over 35 years ago, they have helped parents navigate special education laws to help make decisions for their child by providing comprehensive resources such as publications, workshops, and one-on-one discussions.
PTIs have helped youth with disabilities have high expectations for themselves, understand their rights and responsibilities, and learn self-advocacy skills. PTIs have been valuable partners to Federal, State, and local agencies, providing expertise on how to better support families and youth with disabilities so that they can effectively and efficiently access IDEA services. To learn more about currently funded PTIs, check out the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.
The PTIs to be funded through this priority will enable parents to:
- ensure that their children are included in general education classrooms and extracurricular activities with their peers;
- help their children meet developmental and academic goals
- help their children meet challenging expectations established for all children, including college- and career-ready academic standards; and
- prepare their children to achieve positive postsecondary outcomes that lead to lives that are as productive and independent as possible.
The deadline for transmittal of applications is May 27, 2014.
For submission information click here.
Read more about the application here.