IDEA Parent Information Centers

Why the Program is Needed

Parental involvement is essential in ensuring successful educational experiences for children with disabilities.  Strong partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, and other school personnel contribute to meeting the educational needs of children.  In order to participate as knowledgeable partners in (IEP) meetings about the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of a child, the parents must be provided with information and training.

What it Does

Provides grants to private, non-profit parent organizations to provide training and information to parents of children with disabilities to help them better understand their children’s educational needs, communicate effectively and work collaboratively with school personnel, participate in decision making and development of individualized education programs, and assist parents in resolving disputes with school systems about the education programs for their children.

Authorizing Legislation

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1471)

Recent Funding

$29 million in 2012
$28 million in 2011
$28 million in 2010
$27 million in 2009
$26.5 million in 2008
$25.7 million in 2007

For More Information

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseppic/index.html