Need help planning for the 2020-2021 school reopening?

We're here to help, with a new toolkit designed to help you ask the right questions and make the right choices for your family.

 

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Need help navigating the education system in South Carolina? Have a child with a disability, health or behavioral issue? We can provide the support, resources and training you need to understand your rights and work to help your child be successful.

Our trained staff can provide:

  • Intensive one-on-one assistance to increase parent and family understanding of the education process.
  • Someone to attend IEP/504 meetings to provide support.
  • Help to explore options for resolving disputes with the least invasive option.

Family Connection is South Carolina’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). Our goal is to provide accurate, relevant information to parents, young adults and professionals so they can be the best advocates to seek fulfilling options for their futures.

Make a connection today. Call our Family Information Center at 1-800-578-8750.

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Statement from Family Connection of South Carolina regarding school reopening plans

Family Connection of South Carolina recognizes the importance for families to have education and learning opportunity options, whether a return to in-person classroom instruction, hybrid options, or virtual only. We emphasize however, that the health and safety of students, teachers, school employees, families, and our community as a whole--is of utmost importance. Significant investment must come from federal and state governments to support schools in their reopening efforts, particularly those already under-resourced.

Amy Holbert, CEO of Family Connection of South Carolina notes: “We support the statement of Superintendent Spearman: ‘We cannot turn a blind eye to the health and safety of our students and staff when the spread of the virus in some of our communities is among the highest in the world. School leaders, in consultation with public health experts, are best positioned to determine how in-person operations should be carried out to fit the needs of their local community.’”As the need for increased resources and services continues, our communities must create new ways of interacting, learning, and connecting with each other. The disparities that existed before COVID-19 are now even greater and more pronounced, and our education system faces unprecedented challenges. Family Connection is committed to supporting students with disabilities, their families, and our schools during this time.

We cannot overlook that students with disabilities have different types of educational learning needs and their voices need to be heard. Families who have children with disabilities need to be included in the conversations around the reopening of schools.

Family Connection empowers parents with tools, training, and support to help them understand the educational system. We help families collaborate with educators to identify and provide the best support and services for their children. We are unwavering in our commitment to be the voice for families.

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

Every state has at least one Parent Center, designated and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parent Centers serve families with children ages birth to 26 across all disabilities to provide assistance and training. Parents and youth often need information about the disability of their child, early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapies, local policies and much more.

Family Connection has regional offices across the state and serves all 46 counties in South Carolina, providing system navigation and connection to resources free of charge to families.  As the PTI, we host several workshops, conferences, webinars and trainings for parents, youth and professionals throughout the year. The intent of IDEA 2004 was to help children with disabilities achieve high standards by promoting accountability for results, enhancing parent involvement, and using recommended practices and materials.  The sessions we offer align with these objectives, leading to more collaborative home/school/community partnerships.