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.
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/