Education

Parent Training and Information

Raising Special Kids is Arizona's Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center . PTI Centers are established under Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) under a grant from the United States Department of Education; each state has at least one PTI Center.

Meeting the Standard of Excellence

Raising Special Kids is honored to have received the highest of three achievement awards for a Parent Center - The 2013 Excellence Award from the National and Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

As the PTI Center for Arizona, we work throughout the state serving families of children and young adults from birth to age 26 with all types of disability, including: physical, intellectual, behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities. Complete our contact form to have one of our Family Support Specialists contact you.

We help families:

  • Obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities
  • Work to improve education results for all children
  • Resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies
  • Connect families to community resources that address their needs

We also provide workshops to help parents understand the special education process, including information on:

  • Evaluation
  • Eligibility
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Placement
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Transition Plans
  • Other issues related to special education

IEP Partner

The preferred approach at Raising Special Kids is to help parents become effective self-advocates by providing high quality training and consultation. Under special circumstances, an IEP Partner can provide direct support and participation in the IEP meeting.

  • The purpose of the IEP Partner is to increase parent knowledge and skills in self-advocacy and to offer support for resolving problems and reaching solutions.
  • Problem-solving support to facilitate the success of IEP teams as they work to identify needed services and support for the student.
  • IEP Partners are not attorneys, and do not provide legal advice.

Click here to download Traveling the Special Education Highway: A Parent’s Guide to a Successful Journey

Stories

It’s A Good Time To Have Dyslexia

​Meriah Houser is a former teacher, and a lover of books. She was eager to pass on her enthusiasm for reading to her sons, Cole and Maddox. As her boys grew, Meriah discovered that reading was very challenging for them. … KEEP READING

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Not long ago Aurora Townsend and her family were afraid that she would be unable to follow her dream of attending college to become a Neurobiologist. Aurora has Toxic Encephalopathy and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome–disabilities that cause her body to respond intensely to substances in the environment many of us do not notice. … KEEP READING

​I Felt Like I Could Breathe Again!

When Laurie and her husband adopted Adilynn, they anticipated a few minor medical issues. What they could not have anticipated was the number of hospitalizations, medical procedures and dozens of specialists necessary to meet Adilynn’s medical needs. … KEEP READING

Families Helping Families

Families Assisted
9,057
Parent-to-Parent Matches
379
Professionals trained
2,292
Community Partners
375