ERIC Number: ED224258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Report for 1980-81 and a Summary of Years 1978-81 for the Parents Helping Parents Program and the Count Me In Project.
Goldberg, Paula F.; And Others
The report describes evaluation activities of Minnesota's PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights) Center's "Parents Helping Parents" Program and the "COUNT ME IN" Project. Section 1 focuses on "Parents Helping Parents," a program to make parents more effective advocates for their children and to encourage them to work closely with schools in planning appropriate educational programs for their children. The "Parents Helping Parents" project has five levels of activity: Level I--inform the general public regarding the needs and rights of handicapped children and PACER services; Level II--Workshops on special education laws for all parents of handicapped children; Level III--workshops on special education laws for specific groups, such as parents of preschool handicapped children or members of a specific disability group; Level IV--workshop training of parent advocates and advocates for parents of handicapped children; and Level V--individual advocacy assistance to parents of handicapped children. Findings on evaluating the "Parents Helping Parents" program are cited for each of the five levels of activity. Noted among results are that 92% of 160 randomly selected parents felt the information presented at the workshops was useful to them, and that the disability areas of learning disabilities, physical handicaps, and mental retardation continued to elicit the greatest number of calls for individual advocacy assistance. The "COUNT ME IN" project trains volunteers to provide educational programs about handicapped individuals to preschool and school age children. Goals are accomplished through three levels of activity--public information, volunteer training, and puppet show presentations. Among findings regarding "COUNT ME IN" project activities are that publicity efforts succeeded in attracting interest, that the effectiveness of the volunteer training was indicated by the evaluation participants, and that ratings of the puppet presentations by both children and adults were overwhelmingly positive. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights