As a parent, you are an essential partner in your child's education. Supporting your child through the education process takes a team approach. There are many partners that are able to provide parents of students with disabilities support, including Riverview School District.
There are federally funded organizations within Pennsylvania which provide training and assistance to families of students with disabilities. Click on the hyperlinks below for more information.
Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center was established in October 2005 as an organization of parents of children with disabilities reaching out to assist other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and professionals. The PEAL Center began as the parent training and information center (PTI) serving 43 counties in central and western Pennsylvania with a focus on education and community supports.http://www.pealcenter.org/
Parent Education Network PEN is part of a national system of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), serving South Central, Northeast, Southeast and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are funded by the US Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 2009 marked our 25 year anniversary of service to parents of children with disabilities. PEN is a coalition of professionals and parents of children representing a range of disabilities and ages.http://www.parentednet.org/
The Mentor Parent Program The Mentor Parent Program, Inc. MPP is a community based grassroots parent project. Our Mission exists to provide support and services to the parents of children and adults with disabilities. MPP was established in 1989 by parents who came together with a vision to create a program that will keep improving the quality of the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. https://www.supportforfamilies.org/parent_mentor_program.html
Office of Dispute Resolution
ODR provides the resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve disputes concerning the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities, students who are gifted and children with disabilities served by the early intervention system.
State Task Force
The primary purpose of the state task force and 29 local task forces (one in each intermediate unit) is to ensure that the intent and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement is carried out throughout the commonwealth.