Educational Advocates: A Guide for Parents by CADRE (English and Spanish)

This guide, developed by CADRE, The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, will assist parents in:

  • Asking interview questions that will help get an understanding of an advocate’s approach to providing support
  • Connecting with parent centers in their state
  • Connecting with additional sources of information about advocacy



Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development


Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development
(Also available in Spanish) |

Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help parents figure out if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule.  This article from KidsHealth shares valuable information.


Resource Alert – Mental Health


Information for Educators, Students, Parents, and Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

6th Edition of the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs

The General Assembly’s Commission on Youth introduces the 6th Edition of the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs. The Collection summarizes current research on those mental health treatments that have been proven to be effective in treating children and adolescents. The Collection is intended to serve a broad readership, including educators, service providers, parents, caregivers, and others seeking information on evidence-based mental health practices for youth.

The collection can be found online or in PDF format.

To view online click here:

To download the PDF format click here:





Cyberbullying Toolkits for Everyone

More information on Cyberbullying toolkits for students, parents and educators can be found on the CommonSense Website.  They have partnered with No Bully to provide everything from a pledge to a crisis hotline.


PEATC has bullying workshops and is ready to present upon request. Our newest addition to the our workshop series on bullying is this featured below.

Creating a World without Bullying (Youth)

Bullying is a widespread epidemic.  Bullying affects lives.  Who is the bully? What causes youth to bully? What resources are in place to assist “the child” who demonstrates bullying behaviors?  This unique interactive workshop is for the youth who bullies. Youth will understand how their behavior aligns with the definition of bullying.   They explore potential causes for their aggressive behavior. Through dialogue and candid discussions, youth are encouraged to channel negativity and use their voice positively to effect change and help end bullying of others.

To learn about our workshops and how to request one please click here.

Early Childhood Special Education

This 6-minute video is a little gem posted online by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. It features parents and educators from a local Wisconsin school district talking about their journey of inclusion for students with IEPs in early childhood educational settings.

Get Ready for College – VCU Center on Transition Innovations

PEATC Youth Empowerment

Center on Transition Innovations

“Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities” is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process. These online lessons contain video presentations and resources that can be used to equip students and others with the knowledge and skills for the transition to post-secondary education. Topics include the differences between high school and college, post-secondary education and training, selecting a college best fit, getting accommodations in college, and what you can do now in high school to prepare for college. If approved by a school division, this online course will satisfy Virginia’s virtual course graduation requirement.

Source: Get Ready for College – VCU Center on Transition Innovations

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Moving Out… Stay Informed as Our Children Move Beyond School

25772161272_5c881e9494_kAs our children prepare for life beyond public school, there are protections under IDEA that focus on the transition.  Below you find both the definition of transition services under IDEA and an article on rental housing rights for disabled tenants, which includes information on the Fair Housing Act.


Sec. 300.43 Transition services

300.43 Transition services.

(a) Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that—
(1) Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;