West Virginia Parent Training and Information staff are actively supporting parents and caregivers of children with disabilities as we move forward to the new ‘normal.’ During the unprecedented days of distance learning and Zoom school meetings, addressing the concerns of the special needs children is our top priority.
We are currently working remotely and attending limited virtual meetings with families. We are part of a Joint Statement with the WV Department of Education and the WV Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children to assure the best outcomes for West Virginia families of children and youth.
Families of children and youth with disabilities needing support during the COVID-19 with virtual meetings, data collection sheets for regression or progression, extended school year, related services that you may or may not be receiving, and returning to school, please contact our office. We understand that distance learning and related services do not work for every student, and we are here to help.
We are Stronger Together.
Brenda Lamkin, Executive Director
Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 with Susan Beck, Executive Director, Office of Special Education and Student Support, Brenda Lamkin, Executive Director, West Virginia Parent Training and Information, and Susan White, Executive Director, West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children. Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Outbreak.pdf (New)
Free Summer Learning Opportunities
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Resources for Parents and Caregivers during COVID-19
West Virginia Parent Training and Information is continually posting resources on Facebook for families of children and youth, including those with special needs, that can be helpful while we all respond to COVID-19 crisis. Please follow us for new resources every day. Please click on the Facebook link at the top right of this page.
COVID-19 and Special Education
Parents and Caregivers are learning to live a new normal with children, youth and young adults home. Schools are working to identify and provide virtual and other online learning options; this is even more challenging for students with disabilities who receive special education, related services and who have a right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). There are several guidance documents and websites that may be helpful to parents, caregivers and educators. Click on the tab at the top of the page to View COVID-19 Resources.
Information tailored to families and family-serving organizations can be found at the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): https://www.parentcenterhub. org/coronavirus-resources/
COVID-19 Updates (State)
WV Department of Education (WVDE) Special Education & Student Support: https://wvde.us/covid19/resources/
Special Education & Student Support Resources for Families & Educators:
Free Appropriate Public Education for Distance Learning – Frequently Asked Questions:
Resources for Parents and Teachers from WVDE:Resources for Parents and Teachers from WVDE.pdf
Virtual School Counseling Resources: Virtual School Counseling Resources.pdf
For other resources, please click the tab at the top of page titled View COVID-19 Resources.
What is West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc.?
West Virginia Parent Training and Information began in 1991 as a grass-roots efforts of parents, professionals and community leaders determined to provide information, support and resources for parents of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. WV PTI strives to empower parents and families by strengthening the parents' role.
WV Parent Training and Information Center ensures that parents of children and youth (0-26} with disabilities receive information on their rights, responsibilities, and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA} to develop the skills necessary to be effective participants in the planning and decision making relating to early intervention, education, and transitional services.
WVPTI is the federally designated Parent Training and Information Center for the State of West Virginia. As the state PTI, we have access to state of the art information and materials developed by some of the best experts in the field of disabilities and education law. Pat Haberbosch, the previous Executive Director of WVPTI Inc., (25 years) devoted her life to helping families of children with disabilities. The current Executive Director of WVPTI Inc., is Brenda Lamkin who has worked for WVPTI for fifteen years and has completed her M. Ed. Since our initial funding in 1991, we have trained parents and other professionals on a variety of topics, such as: Basic Rights, Special Education Laws, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individual Education Program (IEP), Transition, Assistive Technology, Effective Communication, Family Engagement and other topics.
Family Voices - West Virgina
West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc. is the State Affiliate Organization for Family Voices in WV. Family Voices of WV is a program that services parents and families who have children and youth with special health care needs. We provide information on advocating for your child in the health care system and refer you to resources that are available in West Virginia that provide information on health care.
West Virginia Parent Training and Information (WVPTI) is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization (SAO) in West Virginia.
Family Voices is a national, nonprofit, family-led organization promoting quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. Working with family leaders and professional partners at the local, state, regional, and national levels since 1992, Family Voices has brought a respected family perspective to improving health care programs and policies and ensuring that health care systems include, listen to, and honor the voices of families.
To learn more about Family Voices, please visit the Family Voices website using the following link: www.familyvoices.org/