PTI Nebraska (Parent Training and Information) is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs.
PTI Nebraska has been the Parent and Training Information Center (PTIC or PTI) since 2000. PTIs are also sometimes known as “Parent Centers.” There is at least one Parent Center in each state and U.S. territory. Some states have more than one depending on population size. Nebraska has only one PTI, and we operate statewide. The PTI is a federally funded project of the U.S. Department of Education. Nebraska’s PTI is also supported with private donations raised by our board members because our federal funds do not cover the entire cost of reaching all communities in need across the state. The authority to fund PTIs exist inside Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which means we answer to a federal project officer and work in partnership with other parent centers and technical assistance centers around the country. The goal of the PTI is to help parents, families, and students with disabilities understand their civil rights regarding early intervention services and special education supports so that they can be strong self-advocates in the most effective ways. One misconception about self-advocacy is that it means being willing to listen or compromise. In reality, we work hard to ensure healthy relationships are built between families and schools to resolve conflicts at the lowest level possible and as quickly as possible. The PTI project focuses on providing training, information, and referrals through a variety of services, including one-on-one support and assistance, small and large group workshops, publications, and websites. Check out a few resources we use in our PTI work:
Provide training, information and support to Nebraska parents and professionals who have an interest in children ages birth through twenty-six, who receive or should receive special education or special health related services. PTI will enable parents and students, creating the capacity for them to improve their educational outcomes.
Children with disabilities will be prepared to lead productive, independent adult lives to the maximum extent possible.
Kami Jessop – Omaha – Educator | Special Education Director, Westside Schools #66
Zach Davis – Le Mars, Iowa – Educator | Dean of Students – LeMars Public Schools
Trina Shaw – Kearney NE – Parent