Parent Resources

Electronic Resources for Parents

Following are links to agencies and organizations designed to assist parents with special education interests:

Local Links

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV (MIU IV) (local education service agency)

Pennsylvania Local Task Force on Right to Education (MIU IV site)

State Links

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Special Education Office

Pennsylvania Department of Education Special Education ConsultLine

Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR)

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

Federal Links

United States Department of Education (USDE)

United States Department of Edudation - Office of Special Education Programs

United States Department of Education - Family Policy Compliance Office

Parent Advocate Links

Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center

Resources Links

On Place for Special Needs

Autism Speaks

Autism Association

Autism Link -
This website provides a variety of resources and assistance to parents of individuals with autism.

American Speech/Language and Hearing Association -
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 127,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

LD Online -
LD OnLine offers accurate and up-to-date information about learning disabilities and related issues.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Resource Online -
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has created this electronic 'Success In School/Skills for Life' Online Resource Kit to help schools provide parents easy access to basic information about their children's academic, emotional, and social development.

Below are the materials available:
Accommodations for testing students with disabilities:Information for Parents
Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Disorders: Roles for School Personnel
Aggression in Adolescents: Strategies for Parents and Educators
Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders in Children: Information for Parents
Attachment: Information and Strategies for Parents
Bullying Prevention: What Schools and Parents Can Do
Depression in Children and Adolescents: A Primer for Parents and Educators
Homework Survival Guide
Academic Motivation A Handout for Parents
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Information for Parents and Educators
Response to Intervention (RTI): A Primer for Parents
Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide
Teaching Young Children Self Control
Self Esteem: A Handout for Parents
Social Skills: Promoting Positive Behavior, Academic Success, and School Safety
Coping with Crisis--Helping Children With Special Needs
Stress in Children: A Handout for Parents
Study Skills: A Handout for Parents
Substance Abuse in Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Educators

Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center -
The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with disabilities reaching out to assist other parents and professionals. The PEAL Center provides workshops, training, and information about early intervention, special education, and inclusive education to the western and central regions of Pennsylvania. Parent advisors assist families with information about the special education process and problem-solving strategies. The PEAL Center partners with PaTTAN on the State Improvement Grant.

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania -
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania links families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs to a volunteer peer support parent for the purposes of support and information.

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Network -
The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. PaTTAN supports the Department of Education's efforts to lead and serve the educational community by offering professional development that builds the capacity of local educational agencies to meet students' needs. PaTTAN's primary focus is special education. However, services are also provided to support Early Intervention, student assessment, tutoring and other partnership efforts, all designed to help students succeed.