SPECIAL EDUCATION

Teen boy kneeling next to younger brother who is in a walker. Parents Reaching Out serves families of infants, children and youth with all types of disabilities as well as related professionals as New Mexico’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Our first responsibility is to inform and educate parents about special education law and the rights and responsibilities they and their child have under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Our goal is to provide tools to families to help them make informed decisions as equal partners in their child’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Our Family Liaisons use telephone assistance, workshops and publications to provide ‘family friendly’ training to parents, educators and service providers throughout New Mexico. As the NMPTI, Parents Reaching Out:

  • Supports families in obtaining appropriate education and services for their children
  • Works to improve education results for all children
  • Provides training and information to parents and professionals on a variety of topics to promote inclusive environments for children and youth with disabilities
  • Offers strategies to build partnerships between Families and Schools
  • Provides collaborative and team-building approaches to advocacy
  • Connects families to community resources that address their needs
  • Connects families to other families who are going through or who have been through similar situations

NM PTI Liaisons are familiar with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) for children with disabilities, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504. Family liaisons are people who are trained to provide information and support to improve educational outcomes for children in today’s schools

We also provide workshops to help parents understand the special education process, including information on:

  • Evaluation
  • Eligibility
  • Evidence- based practices
  • Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Student Assistant Teams (SAT)
  • 504 plans
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Related services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Gifted and Talented Services
  • Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Placement
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Graduation Pathways
  • Transition Plans

Child struggling? Need Support?

We help families:

  • Whose children are being bullied
  • Whose children need medical support in the school setting
  • Whose children need behavioral support in the school setting
  • Who are seeking answers and evaluations
  • Understand their Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards

Please join us for a workshop, view our special education resources, or contact us. If you would like to be contacted by one of our family liaisons, please complete the form below.