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Education & Special Needs

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) is a federally-funded project that empowers parents to become active participants in improving the quality of special education services for their children.

Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC), also known as Parents' PLACE is a federally-funded project which provides workshops and individual assistance to families, schools, and community organizations about the importance of family involvement in education.

Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER) is a national technical assistance project whose purpose is to increase the participation of parents of children with disabilities and their organizations in school reform efforts.

Statewide Improvement Grant is a systems change project funded by the United States Department of Education in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Education. This project enhances the training and preparation for professionals and parents to better implement the special education law, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

Parent Information Project (MASS DOE) provides parents with technical assistance and an increased opportunity for input into educational policies and procedures at the state and local level.

Family Support Initiative is a collaborative systems change project funded by the Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities and operated through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation in Brockton and Springfield.

Pathways For Parents is a privately funded project specifically developed to engage and empower parents whose families are served by the MA Department of Social Services (DSS). Through information, guidance and referral Pathways seeks to strengthen parents’ ability to effectively participate in their child’s education, successfully access emotional and behavioral supports, actively advocate for their family’s best interests and build supportive parenting skills.

Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) is a new project that will develop collaborative models for ensuring the full and effective participation of parents in seeking ways to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. A proven parent leadership development training model will be used as part of an effort to research successful ways to bring about strong parent professional collaboration in special education programs. School districts in Massachusetts will be recruited to create teams of parents and professionals to participate in the Institute and then carry out action plans to replicate training for other parents and professionals in their district with support from the project.