PIC Is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Delaware
In existence since 1985, PIC is Delaware’s only and largest organization dedicated to helping families of typical children and children with the wide range of disabilities, developmental, learning, emotional, physical and intellectual gain greater understanding of their children's disability or special needs and acquire the advocacy skills necessary to secure appropriate educational and related services.
Our Mission: To improve developmental and educational outcomes for all children, especially for children with disabilities, by providing information, education and support to their parents and caregivers.
Our Vision: For all children to fulfill their potential to lead productive and independent lives in their communities.
Principles that guide PIC
- To develop a relationship with families and professionals that is based on understanding, respect and trust
- To acknowledge and support families' individuality based on disability, race, culture, or language
- To respect and maintain in confidentiality the information families share with us
- To provide services that are relevant, of quality and easily accessible to families
- To serve families in a manner that is appropriate, responsive and accountable
- To support families in their role as advocates for their children, as resources to others, as leaders and as systems change agents
Training and Information
PIC administers Delaware's only Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded in part by the US Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs as mandated under Individuals with Disabilites Education Act.
The PTI is designated to provide information, training, technical assistance and support to families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to age 26.There are 105 such Parent Training and Information and Community Parent Resource Centers in the US and territories.Why Parent Centers?
To find out about the PTI in each state www.taalliance.org
Throught the PTI project, PIC offers individual technical assistance and problem solving, training workshops, webinars and conferences, a weekly electronic newsletter PIC News and Events that reaches over 3,000 readers and comprehensive lending library.
These services are designed to help parents of children with disabilities gain greater understanding of their children's dsability and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to secure appropriate educational and related services.
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Educational Surrogate Parent Program (ESPP)
PIC coordinates the ESPP on behalf of the Delaware Department of Education. The ESPP was established to ensure that children with special education needs, who are in foster care, have the same protections as all other eligible children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). PIC provides Educational Surrogate Parents with special education training, support and information. (Referral form)
PIC by the numbers
In just one year, PIC responded to 1,111 requests for consultations and provided information and training to 1,646 families and professionals. Of the families served, 48% were low-income, racially and culturally diverse.
What Parents say about PIC
Annual Survey of individual technical assistance to families and professionals
Annual Survey of learning opportunities and trainings
Funding for PIC's programs and services is derived entirely, or in part from the following:
the United States Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs
and the Delaware Department of Education, the State of Delaware Grant-in-Aid Program, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services /CDW program, and the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies/Family SHADE project.
To maintain and expand its programs and services for children and families, PIC depends on foundation grants, gifts from corporations and from individuals like you!
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