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U.S. Department of Education: Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities – Community Parent Resource Centers

Deadline: April 11, 2016

The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. The Department of Education will fund 30 Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) designed to meet the specific needs of parents of children with disabilities, and youth with disabilities, who experience significant isolation from available sources of information and support in the geographically defined communities served by the centers. These parents can include, for example, low-income parents, parents with limited English proficiency, and parents with disabilities. Youth can include, for example, youth living in low-income households and youth with limited English proficiency.

CPRCs, consistent with section 671(b) of IDEA, help families in the geographically defined communities identified by the applicant:

  • Navigate systems that provide early intervention, special education, general education, postsecondary options, and related services
  • Understand the nature of their children’s disabilities
  • Learn about their rights and responsibilities under IDEA
  • Expand their knowledge of evidence-based education practices to help their children succeed
  • Strengthen their collaboration with professionals
  • Locate resources available for themselves and their children, which connects them to their local communities
  • Advocate for improved student achievement, increased graduation rates, and improved postsecondary outcomes for all children through participation in school reform activities

In addition, CPRCs may help youth with disabilities in their communities have high expectations for themselves and understand their rights and responsibilities. In addition, effective CPRCs can partner with local agencies, providing expertise on how to better support families in their communities and help them access other community supports that empower families.

Amount: $3,000,000 is available for up to 30 awards of $100,000 each.

Eligibility: Local parent organizations, defined as private nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education) that:

  1. Has a board of directors in which the majority are parents of children with disabilities ages birth through 26; that includes individuals working in the fields of special education, related services, and early intervention, individuals with disabilities, and the parent and professional members of which are broadly representative of the population to be served, including low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient children.
  2. Has as its mission serving families of children with disabilities who are ages birth through 26, and have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseppic/index.html

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