Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Albemarle provides a great support network and resources for families with special needs, including development of an Individualized Education Plan, that some may know only as IEP. The PTO has compiled this helpful information with links to available resources within the community. The IEP process is there to help the child gain confidence and succeed both academically and socially. Within our Murray community, both Shannon Mueller and Nicole Group have children with an IEP and are happy to share their experiences and offer any guidance possible. They are available at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is a non-profit funded mostly by DOE, and our services are free throughout Virginia. To learn more, visit the PEATC website.
For an introductory audience, Shannon Mueller has coordinated presentation including an overview of the program. Please join us Tuesday, Oct 23rd at 6:30pm at Murray Elementary for: "UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL EDUCATION” presented by Stephanie Hicks, a family support specialist with the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center and the Chair of Special Education Advisory Committee. This is an awareness and question/answer session to learn more about Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and the support network within Albemarle. This will touch on training to teach families about the IEP process, setting goals for their child, how to create an IEP team, parent involvement and child advocacy.
In addition to this, there are a variety of workshops offered to families and school communities, but some may take more lead time for planning based on staff attendance. The purposes of these workshops are to empower parents and foster collaboration between the parents and schools. You can find a long list of available training topics on the PEATC training page.
Stephanie Hicks, a PEATC Family Support Specialist, says “We keep a list of resources on our website, but there are so many more available depending on the needs of the child and family. Here is one place to start. If a student has a specific need, the family can call PEATC, and we’ll guide them to the right resources for their situation. Our workshops and one-on-one assistance are all free to the families.” Stephanie Hicks, Family Support Specialist Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) (571)275-5772 cell/(800)869-6782 office www.PEATC.org “Building Positive Futures for Virginia’s Children”
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) The Albemarle County Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEAC) is comprised of parents of students who require special education services, other interested persons from the community, and educators in the field who have an interest in special education. This committee provides advice concerning the needs of children with disabilities receiving special education services and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent who is interested is encouraged to attend the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meetings. To learn more, visit their site. From our Murray community, Nicole Group sits on the Parent Advisory Committee and encourages you to reach out with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piedmont Regional Education Program, Parent Resource Center (PRC) PRC serves parents of children with disabilities or special needs and promotes partnerships among parents, educators, and community resources. They offer free workshops on lots of great topics, from ADHD to transitioning from high school to the next step (work, college, etc.). You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter by e-mailing email@example.com . Visit their website here.