The Parent Training and Information Center is federally funded grant project from the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on the education needs of children with disabilities in Iowa. In addition to technical assistance to families, PTI also provides training on the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The goal is to help parents better understand the Individual Education Program (IEP) and Individual Family Support Program (IFSP) process and become better advocates for their children.

PTI can provide families with:

  • Information and training on IDEA
  • Skills to effectively participate in the IEP process
  • Communication strategies to help improve family/school relationships
  • Information on family support
  • Information about their child's disability
  • Information on disability rights

PTI Services:

  • Technical assistance to families
  • Alternative methods of conflict resolution
  • Workshops and training
  • Newsletter and Email updates
  • Community collaboration
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Post-Secondary Transition Training:

State Professional Development Grant for Transition delivers quality professional development to educators and caregivers, including parents and community agencies, who provide direct services and supports to students with disabilities in the areas of living, learning and working.

Four trainings developed by PACER Center for the Iowa Department of Education provide a targeted look at some of the key areas of planning that support good outcomes for life after high school.

The series of trainings provides information for planning for IEP teams to develop high expectations for students, how to include IEP transition transition process to develop goals for living, learning and working, and how to support youth in exploring employment and college readiness.

Dispute Resolution - R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

The Iowa Department of Education supports alternative methods of dispute resolution for IEP Teams through R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Recognizing Everyone's Strengths by Peacebuilding, Emphasizing, Communicating and Trustbuilding) Training.

This training emphasizes improved communication and problem solving in order to resolve differences that arise in IEP meetings in a way that builds, grows and preserves relationships.

Trainings will be provided to educators and families across the state at no cost and will be available in an electronic format. Check out the training calendar for trainings in your area.

The Families of Iowa Network for Disabilities
grant has been developed with funding from the Iowa Department of Education to create a social networking forum accessible to family members with disabilities. Families will be able to FIND other families who share similar experiences and interests, and access information to expand their knowledge and leadership abilities.


The purpose of our grant is to create a social networking forum for families to:

  • FIND other families who share similar experiences and interests
  • Access information and to expand their knowledge about their child's disability or a related interest
  • FIND access to workshops and trainings to acquire skills to become effective advocates and to enhance their qualities as leaders in the disability community

F.I.N.D. Families Can:

  • Find support groups and other disability organizations
  • Be a member of a Special Interest Group/Message Board to ask questions, share ideas, information, and resources
  • Link to other disability related events, calendars, conferences, and workshops
  • Actively participate in a public policy through a variety of opportunities

The Iowa Family-to-Family Health Information Center project is funded through grant H84MC24065 administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs. This grant program was established by the Family Opportunity Act of 2005, amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.


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