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Workshop Description

The Individuals with Disability Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and Parent Leadership Training is a free workshop that we can schedule in your town, district, or reservation. It is for parents and professionals who work with American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian families that have a child with a disability or a child receiving special education.

Special Education workshops

All these training's are a minimum of 2 hours.
Workshop topics:

  • Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)
  • The components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP),
  • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Transition from High School to Adult Life.
  • Parental Rights
  • Problem-solving for disagreements (ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Section 504

Parent Leadership Training

This is an all day (6 hour) training
Workshop topics:

  • How to provide parents with the tools they need to become Parent Leaders
  • How to locate resources for families
  • How to advocate for families, attending IEP's
  • How to increase Parent-Professional Partnerships.
  • How to support families in your community

We provide high quality trainings that are culturally appropriate for the Native American community. To request a Special Education workshop or Parent Leadership training, just fill out the registration form and return it to us by fax or mail.

Go to our Workshop Procedures page to see the process for providing a workshop in your area.

We require 20 participants for each workshop requested. At least half of the participants must be parents who have children with special needs.

The National Indian Parent Information Center provides all training materials which includes notebooks, hand-outs and pens for all participants.

After we receive the 20 pre-registered participants we schedule the trainer and cover all of their expenses for the training including flight and motel costs. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  We look forward to working with you.  Thank you for your assistance in providing outreach to the parents in your area.


National Indian Parent Information Center (NIPIC)
Mailing address:
16409 SE Division St., STE 216 PMB 288
Portland, OR 97236