Partnership to Increase Information and Resources for Arizona Families of Children with Disabilities

Arizona News                                                                             
July 2012
Information Release from the Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education's Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) division is pleased to announce the expansion of a statewide partnership for meeting the needs of parents of children with disabilities. Beginning October 1st, the Arizona Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) at Raising Special Kids and the Parent Information Network, known as PINS, will combine forces to strengthen and improve the delivery of parent training and assistance in special education across the state.

"Over the years we have seen what a tremendous difference it makes when Raising Special Kids and the Parent Information Network come together to help parents of children with disabilities, and work with our schools to support student achievement," stated Angela Denning, Deputy Associate Superintendent.

During the 2012-13 school year, Raising Special Kids and the PINS network will operate as a unified system of technical assistance and support for parents and schools in Arizona. The new partnership will be phased in over the coming school year to create transition time for the integration and implementation of activities, and to gather data on the performance and effectiveness of parent training and information.

The expanded partnership will provide parent training, information, and individual consultations to families of children with special needs in areas of the state that have been underserved in the past. The outcome will be families have increased knowledge and confidence in their ability to understand and use appropriate educational services, leading to better academic and functional outcomes for their children.

The PTI and PINS collaboration will provide more opportunities for outreach to parents in all areas of the state with community-based activities to help families understand their role and responsibilities in special education.  

"We look forward to sharpening our focus where it needs to be - on serving families across Arizona with the best information, training, and assistance we can provide," said Joyce Millard Hoie, Executive Director of Raising Special Kids.

The mission of Raising Special Kids is to improve the lives of children with disabilities by providing families with parent to parent support, training, information and individual assistance. With more than 30 years of experience serving Arizona as a nonprofit, parent-led organization, programs are offered in English and Spanish to family members and professionals caring for children with the full range of disabilities. Raising Special Kids is the Arizona Parent Training and Information Center, designated under Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and receives funding through the U. S. Department of Education. For more information about Raising Special Kids please visit our website at www.raisingspecialkids.org.

Contact: Angela M. Denning, M.Ed.
Deputy Associate Superintendent, Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
Angie.Denning@azed.gov

Contact: Joyce Millard Hoie, M.P.A
Executive Director, Raising Special Kids
phone: 602-242-4366 or 1 800 237-3007
joycem@raisingspecialkids.org