About the ALLIANCE

What is the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers?

The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the ALLIANCE) is an innovative partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). These seven projects comprise a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting, and coordinating the over 100 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The national and regional parent technical assistance centers work to strengthen the connections to the larger OSEP Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network and fortify partnerships between Parent Centers and education systems at local, state, and national levels.

Parent Centers - Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) - in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with them. This assistance helps parents to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting their children’s educational needs. The Parent Centers work to improve outcomes for children ages birth-26 years with all disabilities (emotional, learning, cognitive, and physical).

Staff members in these centers, as well as at the ALLIANCE offices, are likely to be parents of children with disabilities or have disabilities themselves. The common experience with the families they serve results in uncommon commitment to improving outcomes and results for children with disabilities.

How Does the ALLIANCE Help Parent Centers?

The ALLIANCE Parent Technical Assistance Centers help Parent Centers by offering innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information, and high quality resources and materials.

The ALLIANCE National Center supports Parent Centers through standardized publications, unified data collection, national conferences and institutes, webinars, a monthly e-newsletter, management and nonprofit expertise, and other resources..

ALLIANCE Regional Centers conduct annual regional conferences and facilitate individualized center assistance plans. Other work may include providing training, conducting conference calls, and making center site visits.