Parent Training and Information

We strive to provide parents with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the educational setting.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Parental Rights
  • Advocacy
  • Positive Behavior Intervention
  • Regular and Special Education Issues
  • Communication Enhancement

Please read the protocol below for information on what services Pilot Parents may provide concerning IEPs.

IEP Partner Protocol

Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona (PPSA) provides assistance to families in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, LaPaz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties.

The mission of PPSA is a commitment to provide encouragement and support to families who have children with special needs, so that their children can reach their maximum potential within the family and society.

We believe that families are indeed the best capable and most consistent advocates that their children will have.  While PPSA is not able to provide in-depth advocacy services for each and every family individually, we offer numerous workshops and trainings for families in order for them to strengthen their advocacy skills and become empowered to advocate for their children in a variety of situations including the Special Education setting.

One of the services PPSA provides is training on the IEP process.  Often we are asked to provide a family with an IEP Partner (someone from our office available to attend the IEP meeting with the family).  We have implemented the following guidelines for this particular service.

  1. Pilot Parents staff will review and discuss the present IEP with the family either by phone or by setting up a one to one appointment with one of our education consultants.
  2. During the one to one conference, together the consultant and the family will develop an Action Plan.  This plan indicates what PPSA has agreed to do and what the consultant suggests the family do to resolve the primary issues facing the family.
  3. Families will be invited and encouraged to participate in our workshops and other trainings.  The exposure to these topics will assist parents in learning more about the special education process, what the family role is, and how to participate effectively with education professionals in school meetings.

If steps one through three have been followed by parents, then PPSA may attend one or no more than two IEP meetings and only if the family has already made an attempt to resolve the issue.