Parent Information Center (PIC), is a statewide parent center for families of children with disabilities. PIC provides information, support and referrals to families on their rights and responsibilities under the special education law- the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We help families understand their child’s disability and support them in working as partners with schools and service providers to receive better education programs and services for their children. PIC staff can attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with families and provide workshops, webinars and trainings on specific disabilities and other disability topics upon request.
PIC offers workshops and trainings to families and educators on IDEA, IEPs, Positive Behavior Interventions, PIC Brochure and other related topics as well as specific disabilities such as Autism, Sensory disorders, Down Syndrome, Attention disorders and more.
WHAT WE DO
We become as well informed as possible about the law, education, medicine, human services, rehabilitation and technology so that the parents and professionals to whom we provide information, referral and support have access to the best information available.
We share information and support with each other and parents who are faced with disabilities and chronic illnesses so that together we can make a difference for our children.
PIC serves parents of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26.
We are here to provide:
- Support... Individual assistance and support is provided to parents via the toll-free hot line or in person.
- Information & Resources... Help with questions and concerns parents have about special education and other services.
- Publications.. are available on topics of concern and specific disabilities.
- Workshops... in communities across the state at no cost to families on special education laws, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and other disability issues.
- Networking...and parent-to-parent contacts for families who are faced with similar challenges, with local support groups and service providers, as well as state and national organizations.
PIC can be of help to you...
- If you need information about special education or other services for your child.
- If you need support at an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting.
- If your child is having problems at school.
- If your child has been diagnosed with a disability or chronic illness.
- If you would like to connect with another parent who has experienced similar challenges.
It is the policy of the Parent Information Center to ensure equitable access to and participation in its activities for all Wyoming families with special attention paid to ensuring access for the most underserved families due to poverty, disability, race, color, language, ethnicity, immigrant status or national origin, gender, or age.
- Parents of children with disabilities need information about the specific disabilities which they face, about special education law, and about the development of their child's IEP, as well as support and encouragement as they face the everyday joys and challenges of raising children with disabilities.
- Parents are the most valuable resource for their children. All schools, workplaces and communities should be inclusive to the fullest extent possible.
- Parents must have support and information so they can participate in making decisions about their child's educational program.
- Parents' most important tools in dealing with educators, administrators and other professionals are communication and collaboration.
- Persons with disabilities must have access to the education and technology necessary to participate fully in community life.
- Services must be individualized to meet the unique needs of each child and family.
- Age appropriate community recreational opportunities should be available for all children and adults.
- Families must be empowered and supported so they can nurture their children in the home.
- Parents, professionals and communities must have high expectations for individuals who are challenged by disability or illness.
- Individuals and the press should use language about people with disabilities which is respectful and recognizes their dignity and rights as full citizens.
Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Inc is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1990. Governed by a board of directors, the majority who are parents or family members of children with disabilities, PHP 's mission is to help families of children with disabilities become more active in their children’s growth, learning and education, to increase children’s school success and greater independence in life.
Parents Helping Parents of WY, Inc is part of two national networks, the ALLIANCE (www.taalliance.org) and Family Voices, (www.familyvoices.org) which promote the partnership of families, professionals and advocates for the involvement of families as valued decision makers in their children's lives.