WVPTI, Inc. provides training, information and technical assistance to equip families of children birth through twenty-six to advocate successfully for their children. As a result of our assistance to families and professionals, children and adults with disabilities will live rich, active lives participating as full members of their schools and communities.
WVPTI is the federally designated Parent Training and Information Center for the state of West Virginia. As the state PTI, we have access to state of the art information and materials developed by some of the best experts in the field of disabilities and education law. Since our initial funding from the United States Department of Education in 1991 we have trained parents and other professionals on a variety of topics, such as; basic federal and state special education laws, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Section 504, of the Rehabilitation Act, parent/professional partnerships, individual education plans, transition, positive behavior support, assistive technology, and effective communication as well as other topics.
WVPTI is a statewide, cross-disability, parent/professional, and non-profit group. We provide tools to help gain appropriate educational services for children with special needs. We really DO understand the complex issues our children face.
The educational system is confusing, frustrating, and often maddening, and in meetings you are faced with experts and professionals saying things you don't understand or may not believe...
We provide trainings, technical assistance, consultations, information and referral on such topics as:
WVPTI staff and Regional Trainers are parents of children with special needs. These trainers are based in different areas across West Virginia. Their job is to locate and give tools to their parents to help gain appropriate educational services for children with special needs. These Trainers have already faced conflicts and issues with school teams and have found themselves at some point in the same position you find yourselves.