Resources - Family Involvement

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Project 10 - Secondary Transition Roadmap for Families (pdf)
Project 10 has just released a fresh, new resource that will assist families to become familiar with graduation and post-school options available to students with disabilities. This eight-page booklet, Secondary Transition Roadmap for Families, shares easy-to-follow directions that guide families and students toward transition destinations- to graduation and beyond. This resource can be downloaded from the Documents & Files box on the right side of this page.

Education and IEP Involvement

Assistive Technology and the IEP
This is a fact sheet created by the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD).

Disability Rights Florida
Disability Rights Florida is the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities. It has also developed a number of publications which are posted on their website.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) publications
The FDDC has produced an array of materials on topics ranging from inclusive early education to supported living and employment programs. To meet the needs of diverse audiences, these resources are available in a variety of formats and media, including pamphlets, newsletters, resource guides, handbooks, training manuals, research reports, public education materials, audiotapes, and videotapes. Many are available in Spanish and alternate formats. Resources may be downloaded, if available, or ordered online.

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
FIN collaborates with Florida districts and schools to provide services and supports to help ensure that students with disabilities have the same educational, social and future opportunities as their peers.

Florida Students Achieve
The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation jointly sponsor this website that provides Florida families with resources that help families to choose the best schools for their children and to understand the things students should be learning. This website supports families as they collaborate with teachers to ensure the best possible outcome for students.

Inclusive Schools Network (ISN)
ISN is a web-based resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices through its mission to encourage, embolden and empower people to design and implement effective inclusive

NICHY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities)
NICHY has a number of resources on its website related to family involvement, including the two below:

Employment

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth), developed this employment resource to assist families in supporting their youth to enhance their communication, interpersonal, decision-making, and lifelong learning skills.

OSEP Ideas that Work, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities - Parent Materials
The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) developed these parent materials “to augment the Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities. They offer a collection of resources on the same substantive areas addressed in the initial release of the Tool Kit, including assessment, instructional practices, behavior, and accommodations. However, these documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials provide information that will help parents become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.”

Engaging Families

Beach Center on Disability
Located at the University of Kansas, the Beach Center's goal is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals affected by disability through research, teaching, technical assistance, service, and a resource library.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
This website is the central “Hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.

Encouraging the Involvement of Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Four-Part Series Developed Specifically for Educators
This series of training modules (approximately 15 minutes each) was created through a collaborative partnership between the Florida Department of Education and the State Personnel Development Grant at Florida Gulf Coast University, with input from parents at the Central Florida Parent Center. Modules include: Why Parent Involvement?; High-Quality Parent Involvement; Evidence-Based Based Practices; and What Parents Have to Say on the Subject.

The Family Cafe
The Family Café provides individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information.

The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FIN)
FIN is a project of the Harvard Family Research Project. The stakeholders are committed to promoting strong partnerships between schools, families, and communities. The website includes many resources, including teaching tools, training materials, and research reports.

Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), Parent Information
This website from FDOE BEESS features informational resources and publications for parents of students with disabilities as well as district-level contact information.

Florida Department of Education, Family Engagement/Parent Involvement
The Bureau of Family and Community Outreach (BFCO) provides resources, recognition and technical assistance to families in an effort to increase family engagement that promotes their children's success in education.

Florida Department of Education, Just for Parents Community
The mission of the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach is to empower families and communities with resources and information needed to promote a high-quality education for their children.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
FDLRS Parent Services provide information, training and support to districts and families in order to promote effective parent participation in the education of students with disabilities. Partnerships between families and schools are promoted to support student achievement and to ensure that families have access to the supports they need.

Global Family Research Project
This research project, originally from the Harvard Family Research Project, examines the following questions for students with disabilities receiving exceptional education services in secondary schools: To what extent do families of secondary school-age students with disabilities engage in activities at home and at school that support their children's educational development? What are the relationships between student and family characteristics and levels of family involvement?

The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
The mission of NCPIE is to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NDCCD) Questions and Answers about IDEA
This publication on the topic of family participation contains information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements for parental rights, parental notification and parental consent.

Parent Family Involvement Annotated Bibliography
This resource summarizes current research in the area of transition and distills the most relevant points into parent-friendly language.

Parent Involvement: Exceptional Student Education
The parent involvement website from the Bureau of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services (BEESS) features information for parents of students receiving exceptional student education services in Florida, including related contacts, success stories and a glossary of terms.

Preventing Drop-Out Through Increasing Family Involvement: The Importance of Systematic and Focused Effort (pdf)
This article is from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD), Big IDEAs Dropout Prevention Newsletter, November 2009. The article references various research studies, suggestions for improving family involvement, and resources.

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers/National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC)
The PACER Center, the Minnesota Parent Training and Information Center, manages a number of projects, including the NPTAC. It has developed multiple resources including Working Together: a Parent’s Guide to Parent and Professional Partnership and Communication within Special Education (pdf)

Training: A Checklist for Parents (pdf)
This two-page checklist developed by the PACER Center can be used by parents to begin a conversation with their child or children about postsecondary education and training.

Training: What Parents Can Do Now (pdf)
This brief handout developed by the PACER Center outlines considerations and steps for parents to take to help their youth with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and training.

What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School: A Parent Checklist (pdf)

Florida Parent Centers

Central Florida Parent Center
Serving Central and Northeast Florida

Family Network on Disabilities (FND)

PACER Center
This center is a national parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old, provides publications, best practices, workshops, and other resources to help parents make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children.

Parent Education Network (PEN)
PTI serving the nine southern counties in Florida including Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach

Parent Support Network (PSN)
Serving Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie and Sumter

Parent to Parent of Miami Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC)
Serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)
Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Calhoun, Gulf, Bay, Washington, Jackson, Liberty, Holmes, Franklin, Wakulla, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison. Hamilton, Dixie, Suwannee, Lafayette, Gilchrist, Columbia, Baker, Levy, Alachua, Union, Bradford, Nassau, Duval, St. John's, Clay, Putnam, Flagler, Marion and Volusia