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STEP, Inc. to Host Training Sessions with Families of Youth with Disabilities

STEP, Inc. to Host Training Sessions with Families of Youth with Disabilities

STEP, Inc., Tennessee’s Parent Training and Information Center, will be in Huntingdon to provide parents and caregivers special education assistance, information and support regarding issues that impact students and youth with disabilities.

Parents and caregivers of children and youth with disabilities are invited to attend a free training and information session on Monday, July 16 from 5-8 p.m. about their child’s right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) designed to meet their individual needs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS TRAINING?

• Parents of students who were previously placed at the Carroll County Special Learning Center (CCSLC) who want to ensure their child’s needs are being met in the coming school year.

• Parents whose children are receiving or may need special education services.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED?

• How placement and services must be individually determined— and the options that must be considered for each child.

• What the school district must do to ensure your child receives the right kind of services based on your child’s needs and enough services for your child to receive educational benefit.

• What you can do if you disagree with the IEP proposed by the school district.

• How to effectively communicate with teachers about your child’s needs and ensure your child receives a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment.

The evening session will be held at the Carroll County Civic Center located at 201 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon. Register online at https://goo.gl/vdBhGg, by phone at 800-280-7837 or via email info@tnstep.org. A light dinner will be provided at 5 p.m. with pre-registration.

STEP will offer individual planning sessions on Tuesday, July 17 for families who would like additional assistance reviewing their child— IEP, discussing placement and services, reviewing IEP goals and planning for upcoming IEP meetings. Our team has personal and professional experience to help you. The Individual planning sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntingdon City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 19810 Main Street East in Huntingdon. Appointments for one-on-one assistance are required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments can be reserved online at https://goo.gl/vdBhGg, by phone at 800-280-7837 or via email info@tnstep.org.

STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exception Parents) has served as Tennessee’s Parent & Youth Training and Information Center for over 28 years, and assists families in navigating the special education process with training and information on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), offering individual assistance, consultations, referrals, support services, inperson group training and informational materials. Our services are FREE – birth through age 26. Established in 1989 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, STEP, Inc. is headquartered in Greeneville and has offices in East (Greeneville), Middle (Nashville) and West (Memphis) Tennessee with bilingual staff in each area. Our goal is to empower parents so that they can become the best advocate for their child or teen and be an effective partner with school staff in planning the appropriate educational programs for their children and youth with disabilities.

STEP is not a legal services agency and cannot provide legal advice or legal representation. Any information provided is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as a substitution for legal advice.

For more information about services provided by STEP contact Deborah Yates McBride, Director of Rural Services and Professional Development Specialist, at 800-838-3563 or via email at deborah.mcbride@tnstep.org. For general information call 800280-7837 (English) or 800-975-2919 (Español). To view a complete list of scheduled workshops and access other special education information, visit STEP’s website at www.tnstep.org.

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