West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc. is the only organization in West Virginia charged by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs to serve as the state's Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center. As mandated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the WV PTI provides parents of children with disabilities between birth and age 26 the information and skills necessary to become effective partners in their children's provisions for special education and related services.
WV PTI's goal is to ensure effective parent engagement by providing parents/families of children with disabilities information, education, and advocacy skills which are essential in helping their children succeed. WV PTI's staff are members of many committees and policy-making councils to ensure the needs of parents of children with disabilities are considered.
WV PTI provides support and information for families who have children and youth with disabilities or special needs (beginning at birth through 26 years).
WV PTI staff members are involved with trainings provided by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs. CPIR, Center for Parent Information and Resources, is a resource for information and products to WV PTI. In addition, Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) gives advice for our region. Region 2 PTAC is located at the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC).
WV PTI's trainers have the background and information to assist parents/families of children with special needs. They support the parents/families in finding access to the appropriate special education programs and related services which their children need to succeed with educational goals and functional outcomes. Additionally, our trainers are parents of children with disabilities who bring an understanding and empathy to their positions.
WV PTI Governing Board of Directors reflect our goals and a majority of them are parents of children with special needs or professionals who work in the disabilities field.
WVPTI is committed to assisting parents of children and youth with disabilities by providing information, individual assistance, relevant information and training. WV PTI assists by:
- Meeting the challenging expectations established for all children, including college and career ready academic standards or independent living goals.
- Ensuring inclusion in the general education classroom and extracurricular activities.
- Preparing for achieving positive postsecondary goals to lead lives that are as productive and independent as possible.
WV PTI supports parents/families of children with disabilities by providing quality, relevant, and useful information to meet their challenges.