According to some, it is more difficult now to successfully steer one’s child through school than ever before. This seems to become even more complicated if you are raising a child who is disabled.
The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities at George Mason University, announced the launch of a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information on special education issues, practices and services to families who have children with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The new website is entitled Virginia Family Special Education Connection which can be located at http://vafamilysped.org/.
This website was designed in consultation with advocacy organizations, families and special educators to provide easy access to special education information in a format that is family friendly. It contains significant resources on local, state and national topics related to special education, education planning and family support, as well as federal and state regulations. A section of the website is also dedicated to providing families with online training that can be completed on demand.
The Virginia Department of Education is committed to ensuring that parents of children with disabilities have access to critical information they need to fully participate as an active member of their child’s educational team. This new website will assist families in their efforts to ensure their children receive the necessary special education supports and services to become successful citizens.
If you are the parent of a student with special needs in the Commonwealth of Virginia and have questions or are in need of additional information, you can contact Hank Millward, Coordinator for Special Education Family Engagement & Complaints at (804) 371 – 0525.