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Archive for May 17th, 2006

Parents Helping Parents

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

lp-c1d247bc54a4a5aa6868948844f41a20.jpgParents Helping Parents (PHP) is a 30-year-old nonprofit, family resource center that benefits children with special needs. This includes children of all ages (birth through life) and all backgrounds who have a need for special services due to any special need, including but not limited to illness, cancer, accidents, birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder to name a few.

PHP’s mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.

sharkie2.jpgPHP receives federal funding as a Parent Training and Information Center that serves families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. Our Education Program Specialists help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

Additionally, PHP is a Family Empowerment Center (FEC) that provides information, resources, technical assistance, and systems change advocacy for a statewide network of local FEC’s who provide family education, empowerment, and parent-professional collaborative activities for families of children with disabilities ages 3-22 years old.

PHP is also the Family Resource Center for Santa Clara County’s Early Start Program. Families of infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months at risk of or with developmental delays and disabilities, can receive parent-to-parent support from Early Start Family Resource Centers and Networks. Family Resource Centers/Networks (FRC/Ns) actively collaborate with local regional centers and education agencies and help many parents, families and children access information about early intervention services. A listing of the Family Resource Centers is included in the Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources (PDF).

itechcenter.jpgThe iTECH Center is a preview and demonstration lab for Assistive Technology (AT). We offer parents and professionals the opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience with assistive devices and instructional software before making a decision on which ones best suit their needs. Let our AT staff assist you in exploring and accessing high/low tech options through a guided “Techsploration” in our AT Lab.

YOU CAN HELP!  PHP is currently having an online auction to raise money so that children in the bay area can be provided with assistive technology, social skills groups, parent services, and other technologies (e.g. TeachTown!!).  You can buy items or donate items or services through their very clever website.  TeachTown donated a 6-month subscription to the group - bid starts at only $110 for 6 months - great deal and great group to donate to!!