2014, 44 pages

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This handbook focuses on the importance of collaboration between two federally funded programs: (1) the Parent Center network, comprised of the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs); and (2) the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP). 

Benefits of collaboration between these two programs | The P&As and Parent Centers have complementary missions to ensure that all students with disabilities eligible for services under IDEA receive a free and appropriate public education and all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families receive appropriate early intervention services and supports.  By engaging in meaningful relationships, the federally funded Parent Centers and the federally funded P&As throughout the country can help ensure that the limited resources of both organizations are utilized in the most efficient manner to assist parents and infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

How to use this handbook | The handbook is intended to serve as a blueprint on how to begin, continue, and enhance collaboration between these two programs. It includes examples of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that Parent Centers and P&A projects across the United States can use to develop their own MOUs.

Authors |  This handbook was developed in collaboration with the National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER, the National Disability Rights Network, Region 4 Parent Technical Assistance Center at WI FACETS, and the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

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The Collaboration Handbook for Parent Centers and P&A Agencies is housed on the CPIR website as separate webpages to enhance your quick access to its many sections. Please use the links below to jump to the section of your choice.

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Introduction by Paula Goldberg and Curt Decker


Statutory Requirements of Both Programs

Description of Both Programs and What They Do

Collaboration: Successful Elements in Formal/Informal Processes

Processes for Collaboration

Examples of Collaboration from States

Barriers to Effective Collaboration

Collaborative Publications and Materials

Outcomes and Evaluation

MOU Template Example

Examples of Memorandum of Understanding

Links to Exemplar Videos

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