Parents who have a child with developmental, physical or other challenges are often some of the most caring parents in Georgia or anywhere else in the country for that matter. It takes a great deal of patience and planning to provide the best life possible for a special needs child. Special needs planning is an integral part of that endeavor, but it represents only one aspect of providing adequate care for him or her.
One federally funded program that could help, especially in light of current events, is Georgia's Parent Training Information Center. One of the primary functions of a PTI is to advise parents with special needs children up to age 26 regarding their rights, protections and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This often empowers parents to take on a larger role in their children's education when it comes to making decisions and planning.
Parents can contact a PTI center to ask questions regarding a variety of issues such as special education opportunities, transition services and more information regarding their child's diagnosis and disability. They can also obtain information about the programs, resources, services available for both the child and the family. Training and advice is also available regarding how to deal with a child's school and how to resolve disputes should they arise.
Having a child with special needs presents challenges that others may never understand. Even so, these parents will often do whatever it takes to protect their children and make sure they have what they need to succeed. Whether this means engaging in special needs planning, working with governmental agencies or working with teachers or others, parents deserve the right assistance and advice from people with the requisite compassion, competence and experience.