Over 40 Families Attend First Workshop for Latino Parents in Western Mass.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs held its Latino Parent Leadership Program – Programa de Liderazgo para Padres Lations (PLPL) – for the first time in western Massachusetts.

PLPL helps parents improve their understanding of special education rights so they can better address their child’s needs. The intensive training consisting of 40 hours of classroom instruction and exercises conducted in Spanish.

The program was held Thursdays, beginning Sept. 26 and will finish  Nov. 14, at Holyoke Community College

Presenters included attorneys, special education experts, Federation staff, and representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.

Co-sponsors include the Family Support 360, Enlace de Familias/Holyoke Family Network, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke Public Schools, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Multicultural Community Services of the Pioneer Valley, Inc.