Special Education Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) supports families of students with disabilities. The PRC helps parents to participate effectively in their children’s education and development.  The PRC works to create collaborative connections between families of students with disabilities and their schools by providing resources, training, and support. 

What Is Special Education?

The Individuals with Disability Education Act guarantees a free appropriate public education to all eligible children with disabilities. Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers extensive information about services, processes, and more online:  VDOE Special Education Website

VDOE Special Education Resources:

Transition Services

T/Tac Online 

Information About Sensory Disabilities

Special Education for Families

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

Your Family’s Special Education Rights (English) 

Los Derechos de Educación Especial de su Familia (Español)

All parents of school-aged children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services in Virginia are encouraged to complete the VDOE’s annual Parent Involvement Survey. The survey will remain open through December 15, 2023.

Parent Involvement Survey Encuesta de Participación de los Padres 

Early Childhood Education

Family Engagement in Early Childhood

Transition from Early Childhood to Kindergarten

Your Child’s Developmental Milestones (3-5)

IEPs and IEP Meetings

Parent and Student Input

Roles Around the IEP

Special Education Acronyms and Terms


Choosing the Right Diploma Option for Your Child

PEATC’s Youth Empowerment Transition Council

Supported Decision Making

The Age of Majority

Transfer of Rights

Turning 18 in Virginia

Virginia 4-Year Colleges Disabilities Support Centers

Virginia 2-Year Colleges Disability Support Centers


ADHD Fact Sheet

CDC’s Free Children’s Books

Important Legal Terms to Know

Medicaid Waivers

Parent’s Guide to Autism

Social Security Resources

Community Engagement Opportunities

Visit the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) website.  Sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive updates on upcoming community events.  You can also locate information on how to participate in monthly meetings or provide your input on the education of students with disabilities.

Outside Agencies

Center for Parent Information and Resources

  • Bi-Monthly Newsletter
  • Virtual and In-Person Events
  • Resource Library

District 19 Community Services Board

  • Mental Health Services
  • Same Day Access
  • Services for Children and Adults

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

  • Provides tools for families of students with disabilities
  • Fee Services to Families
  • One-on-One Consultations

Social Security Administration

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Social Security Cards

Department of Social Services

  • Child Care Assistance
  • Medical Assistant Programs
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS)

  • Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Employment Services

Contact Us
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Robin Pelt, Instructional Specialist
Parent Resource Center
P.O. Box 7, 14016 Boydton Plank Road  •  Dinwiddie, VA 23841
(804) 469-4389 ext. 7