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Overview of Professionals in the School-Age Special Education System

(2019, March) | Useful to Parent Centers and schools for sharing with families involved in their child’s special education. Throughout the academic career of a child with a disability, he or she will come into contact with dozens of different professionals who are there for support. The list that this article from eParenting provides an […]

OSEP English to Spanish Translation Glossary

The OSEP Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms went missing for a time, in the way that things inexplicably vanish from the Web, but we searched and found it and brought it back home! This 2nd edition of the glossary includes over 400 terms related to IDEA Parts B and C (the parts of IDEA that cover special education and early intervention services, respectively) and provides their Spanish translation. The terms were selected by experienced translators from Parent Centers and reviewed in focus groups of 90 parents/caregivers of children receiving services under IDEA. The families that participated came from a diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures, so that the glossary would “speak” across the rich variation of how Spanish is spoken around the world.

Two formats of the glossary are available (PDF and an online, searchable version). Read more about the glossary here and access the format of your choice.

FAQs for Parent Centers About Website Accessibility

(2016) | Useful to Parent Centers in building and maintaining an accessible website. Word version of this FAQ Word version of Staff Technology Skill Survey   This Frequently Asked Questions page was developed by the Accessibility Work Group within the Parent Center network to respond to Parent Center questions about website accessibility and compliance with […]

Needs of Brothers, Sisters, and Parents | Video

(2010, September) | Useful in learning more about the impact that a child’s disability has on the other children in the family. Can be shared with families, to deepen their awareness of sibling issues and concerns. Dr. Thomas Powell talks candidly about the special concerns, needs, and issues that brothers and sisters often have when another child […]

Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Students

(2015, October) | Useful to Parent Centers serving undocumented students. | The U.S. Department of Education has published this resource guide, Supporting Undocumented Students: A Guide to Success in Secondary and Postsecondary Settings, to help educators, school staff, and community organizations support the academic success of undocumented youth, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The […]

Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement | Video Series

(2014) | Useful to Parent Centers in identifying and using best practices in engaging families and establishing partnerships with the families they serve. | The Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series is designed to support Head Start programs’ efforts toward systemic and integrated engagement. Rooted in the Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and […]

Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Educators

(2003) | Useful for sharing with parents and schools. This tip sheet comes from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and includes suggestions for parents and educators. The tip sheet is clearly NASP’s response to the reality that adults and children alike can be—and are—very unsettled by past and current national and world events (such […]

10 Defusing Phrases to Use at IEP Meetings

(2015) | A resource that Parent Centers can share with the families they serve. Available in English and Spanish. Emotions can run high at IEP meetings. But it’s important for parents to focus on the end goal: helping their child. Here are 10 stay-calm phrases parents can use to redirect conversation and defuse tense situations. From understood.org. […]

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