As most parents of
students with special needs know, our children require more than just pencils,
loose-leaf and a graphing calculator to meet their individual goals and
objectives. Whether it be an IEP, high-incentive motivators, visual schedules,
augmentative communication devices, occupational therapy, or social stories,
the tools in our children's pencil boxes extend way beyond what most other
parents can even imagine.
And while we'd all
like to be experts in the process, practices, and paraphernalia associated with
our children's individual needs, it always helps to have support from other
parents and professionals who have experience in many of the situations we
encounter as we take this journey through school with our children.
Who are we? Parents, educators, and administrators in
the Johnston public school system, working with children with identified
special learning and social needs from pre-school to 21.
We began as a Barnes-based group for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,
but are expanding to include all children with special needs, district-wide.
What do we do? We meet regularly to share resources, ask
questions, get advice, and discuss ways to offer our children all the support
we can, both in school and at home. We also raise money to support district
programs and the educators and children they serve, as well as offer outreach
to parents who may have children who would benefit from special education
do you join? Email Robert
The RI Parent Information Network is a statewide,non-profit organizationwith a collectiveprogrammatic reach that extends to every Rhode Island community. As thestate'sfederally-designated ParentTrainingand Information Center (PTIC),we have worked with many different agencies and organizations,local and state wide since1991. Itis our pleasure to introduce you to our Parent Involvement Coordinators working with families statewide and withinyour district:
270-010 1, ext.175
East Bay Region
270-010 1, ext.174
West Bay and Southern Regions
A RIPIN Parent Involvement Coordinator'srole combines providing outreach to all families (including families of childrenwith disabilities) and school districts regarding supports and services available to families and professionals. Additionally,we employ two RIPIN Parent Mentors who work directly with families statewide (including military families) supporting themas they navigate special educationsystems.RIPIN's goal is to provide training,resources,information and support intheareas of health, education and socio economic well-being.
Our staff work in collaboration with Rl's Regional Transition Centers (RTC},thesecondary Transition Advisory Committees (TAC) and Early Intervention (El) teams.RIPIN'sResourceCenter receivesover 6,000calls per yearfromfamiliesandprofessionals with questions ranging from cradle to career.
In addition to RIPIN'scurrent Workshop and Technical Assistance Catalog and schedule,below is the link to RIPIN's"Packingfor the Future”Video. Please feel free to share this important information with your Local Advisory Committee onSpecial Education (LAC) and families within your district.
We look forward to working with you,your families and your school professionals!