Parent & Family Resources

The following resources and groups are available to all of our families of students with disabilities to assist in securing services for students and providing a supportive community.

Local Resources

Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent program of The Arc and offers personal support and information from parent volunteers, who have children with similar needs.

>> Parent to Parent Website

The Arc Parent Coalitions

Throughout Washington State you will find Parent Coalitions that have parents and guardians who have walked the walk and who help parents organize their voices and be heard on issues important to them. The Benton/Franklin County Coordinator is De Anna Winterrose, 509-539-8802.

>> Parent Coalitions Website

PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment)

PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities. Benton/Franklin county's local PAVE contact is Sherry Mashburn, 509-439-9880,

>> PAVE Website

Benton-Franklin Counties Special Education PTA

The Benton-Franklin Counties Special Education PTA is an inter-county group serving families in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. This PTA is not associated with any one school district, but supports Special Education students, parents, families, teachers, administrators and other advocates from all Tri-City area schools. For more information email

>> Benton-Franklin Counties Special Education PTA Facebook
>> Benton-Franklin Counties Special Education PTA Instagram

State Resources

DCYF: Early Support for Infants & Toddlers 

Early intervention services are designed to enable children birth to 3 with developmental delays or disabilities to be active and successful during the early childhood years and in the future in a variety of settings—in their homes, in child care, in preschool or school programs, and in their communities.

>> DCYF Website

Parent and Student Rights (Procedural Safeguards)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide the parents/guardians of a student who is eligible for or referred for special education with a notice containing a full explanation of the rights available to them.

>> OSPI Parent and Student Rights Website

OSPI Special Education Guidance for Families

OSPI provides students, families, and community members with information about special education, to ensuring that students and families know about their rights, answering questions they may have about how the process works, and sharing ways that partners may provide input and get involved.

>> OSPI Guidance for Families Website

Washington State Special Education Manual for Parents & Educators 

This handbook is intended to help parents, school professionals and others understand the special education process.

>>Download the Manual