photo of beautifully wrapped gifts, with ribbons and bowsPeople give one another things
that can’t be gift wrapped.

~Nadine Gordimer

This issue of the Buzz looks back on a full year’s worth of resources we’ve shared with Parent Centers and others. Many, many of these resources have been co-created by Parent Center staff from every region of the country. Talk about shared purpose and teamwork!

These are gifts we give to each other. Together, we are stronger, better equipped to serve the diverse families in our communities, and poised to tackle the challenges and opportunities coming our way in 2018. May all the joys of the season be yours!

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Resources from the CPIR Hub, for Parent Centers and by Parent Centers

Reflecting on resources produced this year for Parent Centers, here are some of our favorites! May you enjoy them in 2018, too.

Resource Collection on Positive Behavior Supports and School Discipline
Are you looking for briefs, fact sheets, videos, webinars, and presentations you can use with families and staff to train on the basics of behavior, positive behavior supports, functional behavioral assessment, how to write a behavior intervention plan, and the details of IDEA’s school discipline rules? This collection is your go-to resource!

Webinar | Best Practices in Outreach
Great Parent Center teamwork here, too. First came the Webpage of high-quality resources on outreach. Then came the webinar, taking you on a “tour” of those resources.

Brief for Parent Centers on FAPE
Parent Centers and others can use with staff, volunteers, or Board members who are new to the disability field or who wish to deepen or refresh their understanding of the term “free appropriate public education”–often referred to as FAPE–and what is involved in making FAPE available to children with disabilities.

Emotional Disturbance
Use this just-updated fact sheet to connect families with information on emotional disturbances in general and, more specifically, on anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, conduct disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and psychotic disorders.

Also just updated:

Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Contents of the IEP

Related Services

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Resources from Our Colleagues

We all have the pleasure of working within a TA network of committed, gifted people. Here is some of the wealth they’ve shared with us this year.

Guide to Assistive Technology to Support the Work of Parent Centers
From our friends at the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), this guide was created for Parent Centers and the families they serve to help them learn about effective AT practices, devices, and services.

Reaching Native Youth with Disabilities
From our friends at the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center. In this guide, NAPTAC explores how Parent Centers might plan and conduct outreach to Native American and Alaska Native youth with disabilities. The guide is meant to support Parent Centers in addressing the priority to connect directly with youth who have disabilities and to increase their capacity to be effective self-advocates.


The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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