Parent Training & Information
What is a Parent Training and Information Center?
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). Funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), each state is required to have a PTI to provide training and assistance to families of children with disabilities as well as professionals working with those children.
PTIs serve families of children with any disability or chronic illness, ages birth to 26. Parent Centers provide a variety of services including one-on-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and websites. The majority of Parent Center staff and board members are parents of children with disabilities who have training in, and personal experience with, the law and disability issues.
Every PTI is supported by the ALLIANCE National Center. To view information about other PTIs or to find a PTI in your state, please visit the ALLIANCE website.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) also has an informative fact sheet explaining the role of Parent Training and Information Centers entitled, “PTIs and CPRCs: Resources for Parents.”