Parents Information Network (PIN) supports parents and educators to build positive partnerships among parents, schools and communities on behalf of children and youth with disabilities.
Both state and federal special education laws recognize the importance of parent's role in their children's' education. CESA 6 has designed a program to help parents become aware of their role in their children's education in order to build team-oriented practices with parents and school staff.
What is the PIN?
The Parent Information Network (PIN) is a collaborative effort between parents and school personnel in targeting CESA schools districts. A parent coordinator who has a child with disabilities has been employed to support other parents who have children with disabilities by:
1. Providing parents with information on special education services, support groups, and other resources.
2. Assisting in the establishment of collaboration among parents, schools, and community agencies.
3. Providing parents with information regarding district and community services that support families.
4. Providing parents with information and referral regarding special education.
5. Assisting the school district in identifying and addressing parent's needs and issues.
One of the purposes of the PIN is to help direct parents to resources outside the school district:
Goals of PIN:
1. Encourage parents to become active participants in the decision-making process of their children's education.
2. Help facilitate team-building practices between parents and school staff.
3. Provide resources to families who have children with disabilities.
4. Assist school districts in planning parent/family activities.