In 1970, U.S. schools educated only one in five children with disabilities, and many states had laws that excluded certain students, including children with deafness, blindness, emotionally disturbances or intellectual disabilities. Today, early intervention programs and services are provided to over 200,000 eligible infants and toddlers and their families, while nearly 6 million children and youth receive special education and related services. The majority of these children are now educated in their neighborhood schools in regular classrooms with their non-disabled peers. High school graduation, post-secondary school enrollment and employment rates are higher than they have ever been for students with disabilities.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI)

Parent Centers provide training and assistance to the families of the nation’s 7 million children with disabilities. These are funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Every state has at least one PTI, and those with larger populations may have more.

Parent Centers serve families of children of all ages (birth to 26) and with all disabilities (physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional). Parent Centers provide a variety of services including one-to-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and websites. The majority of Parent Center staff members and board members are parents of children with disabilities so they are able to bring personal experience, expertise, and empathy when working with families

ND PTI is the Pathfinder Parent Center, they will also be able to assist you in locating school resources that you may need for your child-