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Assistive Technology and the IEP
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) created an FCTD Fact Sheet titled Assistive Technology and the IEP:

Different Levels of Parent Involvement (DLOPI)
DLOPI is a parent program with five modules designed to encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education, whether at school or at home. The program provides teachers with a simple computerized format for determining levels of parental involvement by assessing the student’s classroom performance and behaviors as measured by the parent or guardian’s interaction in the student's education.

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 on-line. 

IEP Checklist iPhone Application
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) developed an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist application which is free of charge. 

LEA Parental Involvement Plans
Each District must have a Local Education Agency (LEA) Parental Involvement Plan. These plans are posted on the Florida Department of Education’s website. 

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:
    Developing Your Child’s IEP

    Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation

The IEP Process Needs You (video)
This video, created by the Los Angeles Unified School District, provides an overview of the IEP process from a parent’s/guardian's perspective.


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.”


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.

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.

The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE)
FINE 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.

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.

Preventing Drop-Out Through Increasing Family Involvement: The Importance of Systematic and Focused Effort
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:


Central Florida Parent Center
Serving Central and Northeast Florida.

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

Family Network on Disabilities (FND)

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)
Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) serving the Florida Panhandle from Escambia to Alachua County.

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



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