ERIC Number: ED213203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Parent Training Program (IPTP): Year One Report. June 1, 1980-May 31, 1981.
Miltenberger, Joan; And Others
The document contains a description and an evaluation of the activities conducted during the first year of the Indiana Parent Training Project (IPTP), a project to train parents in their rights and responsibilities as guaranteed by federal and state laws governing the education of handicapped children. The following public information efforts were conducted: news releases and newspaper articles, newsletters, brochures, radio and television announcements, and presentations to parents and professionals. One to one assistance and training were implemented through information and strategies shared by telephone; information, written materials mailed to parents, professionals, and others; and individual assistance, called parent cases. Training sessions were held in the St. Joseph County area to provide parents with the opportunity to directly ask questions, receive materials on parents' rights and responsibilities, learn the local educational services available, and share information and concerns with other parents. Training sessions in St. Joseph County and other areas of the state were evaluated as beneficial by both parents and professionals. Through the use of handbooks, training units, and copies of federal and state regulations, the IPTP and Task Force staff attempted to expand parents' knowledge and skills for effectively working with school personnel. Three different evaluations were used for the 2 day regional parent resources (RPR) training. Among findings were that RPRs needed specific suggestions or strategies outlining how to make contacts with schools and agencies, and that the RPR conducted trainings attended by IPTP staff were, overall, very well organized. Followup training was conducted to discuss RPR activities, local issues, and federal special education policies. IPTP staff maintained contact with organizations at the local, state, and national level. Materials were disseminated to parents, professionals, and regional parent representatives during each level of project activity. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Task Force on Education for the Handicapped, Inc., South Bend, IN.