COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 205
November 17, 2000
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Availability of Special Education Resources for Parents

The Joint Subcommittee Studying the Overrepresentation of African-American Students in Special Education has expressed concern that many parents find it difficult to access information to help them understand the complex legal terms and concepts in special education. This memo provides information about local parent resource centers and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) that you may share with school personnel and other groups in your school community.

There are parent resource centers in 55 school divisions in Virginia. These centers offer training, information, and assistance to parents, free of charge, based on local assessments of need. Training for the staff in these centers is provided by the Department of Education. Additional training is frequently made available. Start-up funding is available to school divisions desiring to establish a center.

PEATC is the parent information and training center funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, for Virginia. PEATC offers training, information, and assistance to parents of students with disabilities throughout Virginia. PEATC offices are located in Springfield and Richmond. Information about the office locations and the services offered by PEATC is available on their website at www.peatc.org. The toll-free number is 1-800-869-6782.

For additional information on the locations of local parent resource centers in Virginia, the criteria for start-up grants, and applications for the grants, please contact Judy Hudgins (mailto:jhudgins@mail.vak12ed.edu) specialist for special education at (804)371-7421.

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