Starting POINTS for Parents is an online community for families and caregivers of children with disabilities Providing Opportunities for Information, Networking,Training and Support as they learn, share and connect on how they can support the educational and developmental needs of their children.
Parents of children with disabilities have a passion for obtaining the information they need to support their children's learning and improve their educational outcomes, and then for sharing that information with other parents. Parent Centers, like the Parent Training and Information Center at the RI Parent Information Network, have been a critical resource to parents for twenty years. Starting POINTS for Parents is an-line community where Parent Centers can build upon their repertiore of services to parents, by providing parents with training, resources and information, and along with parents, advocates, educators and service providers, facilitate the sharing of ideas, experiences, best practices and resources to meet the broader needs of the community.
Starting POINTS for Parents is based on a concept by the Parent Information Center of NH and the Maine Parent Federation. The website was developed as a resource for Parent Centers, thanks to support from the North East Parent Center Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT), a project of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, NJ, and funding from the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of education. The Starting POINTS for Parents "website template" may be available in other states, modified to meet the needs of the parents in that state.
For additional information on the Starting POINTS for Parents website or to learn more about the Parent Training and Information Center of RI, please call:
The RI Parent Information Network
1210 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920