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Thursday, December 3 • 8:20am - 9:10am
Collaboration between Research and Parent Training and Information Centers LIMITED

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Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) are missioned with educating and empowering families to advocate for appropriate services for their children. However, little research has examined whether PTIs are effective. Two studies were used to examine the effectiveness of PTIs. In Study 1, pre/post surveys were conducted with 44 parents of children with I/DD who received assistance from the PTI. In Study 2, interviews were conducted with 9 parents who attended a PTI training. Parents demonstrated significant increases in empowerment, special education knowledge, and satisfaction with services. Minority and low-income families reported the greatest increases. OBJECTIVES: 1. Participants will learn the mission of the PTIs 2. Participants will identify the ways in which PTIs are successful in meeting the needs of families 3. Participants will understand the activities of the PTIs which provide family support 4. Participants will learn directions for future research 5. Participants will understand how researchers and PTIs can work together to better support families of individuals with disabilities IMPORTANCE: In accordance with IDEA, parents of children with disabilities are equal partners in the special education process (Turnbull et al., 2011). Unfortunately, family-school partnerships are not always realized. Many parents do not understand their rights and, subsequently, may not participate in IEP meetings (Turnbull & Turnbull, 2003). TRANSLATING TOPIC INTO POSITIVE OUTCOMES: This study provides preliminary evidence that PTI activities are successful in increased empowerment, special education knowledge, and satisfaction with services among parents of children with I/DD. Policymakers and PTI staff should consider implementing more rigorous methods of evaluation to document their effectiveness. Although PTIs collaborate with researchers (Burke, in press), there is little research documenting the effectiveness of PTIs in impacting children with I/DD and their families. Currently, PTIs must submit annual reports to the Office of Special Education Programs. Within these annual reports, PTIs report the findings of calls made to 25 random families. In these calls, families are asked about how the PTI impacted their relationship with the school (National Parent Technical Assistance Center, 2012). Stronger methods of data collection are needed to further illustrate where PTIs are successful in improving outcomes as well as to target areas in which PTIs are ineffective in improving parent and child outcomes. From this presentation, participants will learn how to create collaborations between agencies and researchers, how to document the effectiveness of parent training activities, and, subsequently, how to use research methods to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities and service providers/educators.

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Meghan Burke

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday December 3, 2015 8:20am - 9:10am PST
Salmon 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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