Special Education Help Centers Get $5 Million Boost
A series of centers across the country designed to help parents find their way in the special education system are getting a lift from the federal government.
A total of 19 parent training and information centers located in 13 states and Puerto Rico will each get a piece of more than $5 million worth of funding, the U.S. Department of Education said Friday.
With the new grants, there are now 100 federally-funded centers tasked with helping parents of children with disabilities, including at least one in each state, officials said.
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“Parent centers help families better understand their child’s disability and can often connect them to important local, state and national resources,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These centers will play a vital role in empowering parents and families to learn about appropriate early interventions and special education services.”
The new funding will help support centers in Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Puerto Rico, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Correction: This article has been corrected to reflect that there are 100 federally-funded centers.