The PEAL Center offers the following trainings and workshops on education issues across the state of Pennsylvania. We can accommodate the training needs of specific parent groups and other organizations. Contact the PEAL Center for more information.
Extended School Year (ESY) discussion should be part of every IEP meeting. Find out what you need to know about ESY and how it applies in your situation. We need to talk now because the timeline is already ticking on this important service! You will hear how eligibility is determined and the dates you need to remember.
How can you ensure the best possible life outcomes for your son or daughter with disabilities? This is a question that parents begin to consider soon after their children receive a diagnosis. In Pennsylvania, the IEP team begins to discuss transition when a child reaches age 14. However, parents aren't always aware of how a well-written Transition Plan can benefit children with disabilities. Learn about the power of the IEP Transition Plan.
Research confirms the positive benefits of parent-professional collaboration on the education of children with disabilities. In fact, good parent-professional partnerships benefit everyone involved: Parents and professionals have a more positive view of each other; parents become more involved in their children's education; and children with disabilities have more confidence and perform at higher levels. Because parents and professionals bring different strengths to the collaboration, there are different ways for each to make the relationship positive and productive.
Every parent wants to see their child be happy, healthy, and part of their community. Oftentimes, however, parents need to advocate to get the services they believe their child needs. This training explores what it means to be an advocate and introduces six specific skills that are needed to be effective an advocate.
Parents of children and youth with disabilities have certain protections and rights under IDEA. This session will give an overview of the rights of parents that are found in the Procedural Safeguards Notice. Discussion will also focus on the various avenues of Dispute Resolution available to families if disagreements persist after local efforts at communication and collaboration fail to resolve the issues.
Come and learn about Functional Behavior Assessments, Positive Behavior Support Plans and Manifestation Determination. Hear about who gets a behavior support plan and how it is developed and revised. The laws regarding suspensions and expulsions will also be discussed.
The staff offers the following trainings and workshops on health care issues statewide:
David Gates, Esq., Managing Attorney-Harrisburg, PA Health Law Project
Medical Assistance and Waivers are the most common funding sources for non-educational services and supports for children and adolescents with special health care needs and disabilities. Learn who can qualify, what’s covered, and what to do if coverage is denied.
Request a PEAL training in your community by completing our Training Request Form