Parent Training and Information Center

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US DOE OSEP Parent Center

Jennifer Sibley

Parent Training & Information Coordinator

Serving the following Counties:

Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, and St. Lawrence.

As well as Akwesasne and Ft. Drum

What is Parent Training & Information?

Starbridge’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is a federally funded parent center. The purpose of the program is to provide training and information to families of children with disabilities and to the professionals who serve them. PTICs serve families of children of all ages and all disabilities to help them better understand their children’s disabilities and education needs, communicate more effectively with school and related professionals, understand their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, and obtain appropriate services for their children. The Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL) is a Core Community Partner with Starbridge for PTIC.

We also provide trainings and workshops to professionals and others who work with children with disabilities and their families.

Trainings Offered…

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) overviewboyinwheelchair
  • Advocacy Training Program
  • Disability-Specific Workshops
  • Effectively Working with Your School
  • Parents Rights and Responsibilities
  • Effective Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Special Education Policies and Procedures
  • Laws, Rules and Regulations
  • Schools and Bullying (Dignity Act)
  • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
  • Many more…

Training is designed to be strength based and family specific.  If you are interested in a particular topic, please call and inquire.

Why Visit a Parent Center?

  • To gain a better understanding of your child’s disability
  • To get connected to other community resources
  • To learn more about your rights and your child’s rights under the IDEA
  • To build stronger partnerships with your child’s school
  • To learn more effective ways to communicate with teachers and other personnel working with your child
  • To connect with other parents
  • To become a stronger and more effective advocate for your child
  • To learn how and where to access helpful information from a variety of sources
  • To receive professional development opportunities

QUESTIONS?  Ask The Parent Advocate

PLEASE Contact Jennifer Sibley at