Our mission is to encourage, educate, and empower families to be effective advocates for their children. Our training and support for families is centered on helping families to become true partners with their child’s team to create a set of services to provide the child or youth with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Parent Training and Information centers (PTIs) are available in each state, Families Together provides these services by offering individualized assistance to families on the phone, by email, or in person at one of our centers.
Our staff also offers assistance through group training to support groups, presentations at conferences, and by providing workshops across the state. Any family can call or email for information at no cost. Each center has materials on topics of interest to parents and the professionals who serve children with disabilities. These materials include information about community services of interest to parents of children and youth with disabilities.
Families Together staff:
- Provide parents/families and transition age youth one-to-one assistance, training, resources and tools at no cost,
- Serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 26 with all disabilities: physical, intellectual, learning, emotional, attention deficit disorders, etc.;
- Train and inform parents and professionals to help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities;
- Work to improve education results for all children, and resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies;
- Connect families and children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.
Our services are available in English and Spanish.