Guiding and Informing the Work of the CPIR with Their Expertise
The CPIR’s advisors ensure that our products and services represent an accurate and timely
response to the needs of the Parent Center network.
Stakeholders Advisory Group
Upholding the CPIR’s user-centered, user-driven support of PTIs and CPRCs
Membership of the SAG
- One or more representatives from Parent Centers in each region
- The director of each of the six regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (RPTACs)
- The director of the National Native American Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC)
- One or more representatives from other stakeholder groups, such as:
- OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination network (TA&D)
- State special education directors
- Project directors of
Duties of the SAG
- Reflects the diversity of center sizes and populations served (e.g., race, language, rural, urban)
- Provides the CPIR Team with guidance on:
- the educational and product needs of the Parent Center network;
- the quality, relevance, and usefulness of CPIR products and services;
- opportunities for collaborations with Parent Centers, disability organizations, professionals, and other USDE-funded centers; and
- strategic priorities for the center
Group Members by Region
Senior Advisors Team
Bringing the directors of all six Regional PTACs together as critical advisors
RPTAC Directors as Critical Advisors
- Coordinate and align with those of the regional PTACs
- Represent the stated interests and needs of the Parent Centers in their given region
- Do not duplicate the knowledge development and capacity-building activities for which regional PTACs are responsible
Team Lead by Year
Year 1, 2013-2014: Barb Buswell, Director of Region 5 PTAC at The PEAK Center
Year 2, 2014-2015: Jan Serak, Director of Region 4 PTAC at WI-FACETS
Year 3, 2015-2016: David Blanchard, Region 3 PTAC
Product Development Advisors
Contributing input and guidance throughout the product development process
Product Development and Review
This allows Parent Centers to concentrate their efforts on the work they do with families of children with disabilities.
Therefore, it is imperative that the CPIR’s products closely address the actual needs of the PTIs and CPRCs (topic, format, culture, etc.) as follows:
- Help identify which products will be developed or adapted
- Review products through multiple drafts
- Further the dissemination of resources to other Parent Centers, staff, and families.
Those who serve as Product Development Advisors are determined on an ad hoc basis, depending on the proposed topic and the individual areas of expertise within the Parent Center network.
The CPIR provides private Workspaces on its website for the advisors to gather, discuss, and submit their feedback on products in development.