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EC Parent Institute will help families of children with special needs

Supporting and advocating for the academic needs of a child with special needs can be a challenge for families. Durham Public Schools is helping provide parents the information and resources they need to meet the challenge through its free Exceptional Children (EC) Parent Institute.


The DPS EC Parent Institute is for parents of students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and receive special education services. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., Durham.


“We’re working with our partners in the Durham System of Care, a network of community services and resources, to empower parents to better support their children,” said organizer Karen Carr, a parent liaison with DPS. “Not only that, but parents will come away better prepared to work with our schools and to attend to their own needs while caring for their children.”


Parents may register on-site or pre-register by calling Carr at (919) 560-2881. A pizza lunch will be provided for parents who pre-register by Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Topics covered during the EC Parent Institute will include:

  • Stress Busters  – The Importance of Parents Taking Care of Themselves
  • What Should I See in the IEP? – Development of the Individualized Education Program
  • You Can Do It!  –  Encouraging Independence with Self Care at Home
  • Guardianship – It’s NOT Automatic
  • “Tell Me More, Tell Me More:  Child and Family Team Meetings from a Family Perspective”
  • Having “The Talk” – Telling Children About Their Disabilities
  • Project SEARCH – Internships for Students with Significant Disabilities
  • Make and Take Book – A Literacy Activity for Emerging Readers
  • My Future…My Decision – Fostering Self-Determination
  • Story Time Together – How to Make it Happen


Click here for the EC Parent Institute Agenda