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The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center assists the families of children with disabilities through education, information and training. PEATC builds parent-professional partnerships to promote success in school and community life through:
1. Information and assistance to families in understanding and negotiating the education and service systems for their children with disabilities;
2. Training for families and professionals that model partnerships and encourage active learning; and
3. Collaboration with and technical assistance to schools, state and local agencies parent resource centers and community organizations.
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center believes that children with disabilities reach their full potential when families and professionals enjoy an equal, respectful partnership. PEATC believes that:
1. All children deserve the opportunity to live, learn and participate fully in their communities;
2. Families are children's first and best teachers;
3. Information and training enrich and empower families and professionals, strengthening their partnership; and
4. Citizens with disabilities, achieving independence with appropriate supports, make valuable contributions to society.
PEATC's experienced staff is available to respond to questions about services for newborns and preschoolers, special education regulations and policies, school and community services, education programs beyond high school, employment in the community.
PEATC offers Parent Workshops for parents of children with disabilities, plus Team Training which enables parent-professional teams to conduct PEATC's parent workshops and to provide information and referral services in their communities.
In conjunction with its training programs, PEATC has developed several publications, training packages and a videotape of interest to parents and professionals. Topics include early intervention services, special education, transition from school to employment and community life, and mediation.
PEATC also publishes a free quarterly newsletter entitled The PEATC Press which features articles on legislation and regulations, court decisions, programs, publications, and training opportunities.
Currently funded projects such as LiteracyAccess Online, Latino Advocacy Outreach Program, Virginia Parent Training and Information Center -Parent Leadership Team Project, PEATC/George Mason University Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training: OUTREACH, NEXT STEPS/Adult Services, and the Caring Community for Children in Foster Care.