“Technology is nothing.
What’s important is that you have a faith in people,
that they’re basically good and smart, and
if you give them tools,
they’ll do wonderful things with them.” 

~Steve Jobs

Graphic from the listing of TA&D Program CentersWe all work hard to develop resources and share our expertise with families, youth with disabilities, and professionals. Within the Parent Center network, there’s knowledge aplenty and ever the quest for more.

The same is true of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) network, which is also funded by OSEP. While centers within the TA&D tend to focus their services on building capacity at the state level or within a specific topic area, the resources they offer to families can be very useful. We’ve highlighted several in this Buzz, as well as the centers that produced them.

We highly recommend taking a stroll around the TA&D network and tapping into their varied expertise, which will come in handy in your Parent Center work.

Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team


Early Childhood to High School

Responding to Your Child’s Bite
(Available in Spanish: Maneras de tratar las mordidas de su hijo)
Many toddlers and young children bite. Developmentally, most toddlers don’t have enough words to express how they are feeling. Biting is one of the ways toddlers express their needs, desires, or feelings. This handout provides information on why children bite, what to do and what not to do, and when to seek professional help. From the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations.

IEP Tip Sheet Series
Parents and family members are critical members of the IEP team and the IEP development process. It’s important that parents understand the IEP and its parts, why the IEP is important, and the valuable role that parents play in creating the IEP. This series begins with IEP Tip Sheet for Parents: An Overview of the IEP and then offers 7 fact sheets about specific components of the IEP. From the Progress Center.

Related Services Providers: Important Contributors to the Accommodations Decision-making Process
This 4-page brief from the National Center on Educational Outcomes suggests strategies for supporting related services providers so that they can participate more confidently as members of IEP teams when decisions are made about instructional and assessment accommodations.

Five Required Pre-ETS Services
For students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services, pre-employment transition services includes a specific set of activities by law: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on postsecondary education opportunities, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy. Want to learn more about each of these activities? Take advantage of this series from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative.

Parent Power!

Webinar | The Transformative Power of Engaging Parents as Partners
This hour-long webinar was held in September 2022, and explores how one unified school district completely transformed its relationships with families, re-established trust, and even more importantly, improved students’ learning experiences. Their intentional efforts to engage parents as partners also helped save the district millions of dollars in attorney fees and settlement costs. From CADRE, the TA&D’s expert on dispute resolution.


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