The PTI’s driving principle is to foster independence so that parents are empowered to participate and advocate for their children throughout their lives and so that youth with disabilities are empowered to become independent, empowered self-advocates. The PTI project:
- Helps families and youth with disabilities to increase their knowledge of their rights, the special education process, and ways to access resources so they can strengthen their advocacy.
- Helps families and youth with disabilities to be active in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and become skilled in accessing needed supports and services for their children/themselves.
- Assists families to understand how their children can have access to inclusive early learning program options, general education classrooms, and extracurricular and enrichment opportunities available to all children.
- Assists families and youth with disabilities to communicate effectively and work in partnership with professionals.