Resources to Share with Families

Upcoming Events                                                                                                                                                    

2023 Math Conference June 13 & 14 2023. Session topics include: evidence-based Math Instruction Multi-tiered Systems of Support Increasing Engagement Universal Design for Learning. Learn more by clicking on the image.                                  Save the Date Family Learning Conference June 23-24, 2023 Families(parents/guardians, iblings, and child with deaf blindness) are welcome to join us for our hybrid Family Learning Conference! Learn more by clicking on image                     

Register to Attend the National Autism Conference in person at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center or virtually. Learn about the Art of Expression Exhibit, family scholarships and conference childcare and camp for tweens with Autism and more! Click on image for more information.                    Join us at the 2023 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference in State College. Registration is now OPEN for in-person and virtual opportunities to attend this event supporting secondary transition. Learn about feature presenters, youth and family scholarships and more! Click on image to learn more.y

PaTTAN System Conference Schedule 2023 & 2024

Conference Title 2023 2024
Pennsylvania Department of Education Annual Conference March 1-3
Hershey Lodge
ACC Talks Web Conference May 12
May 10
Literacy Symposium
N/A June 11-13
Math Symposium June 13-14
2023 Computer Science for All PA (CSforAllPA) Summit June 14-15
Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project's Family Learning Conference June 23-24
State College
Pennsylvania Special Education Leadership Academy: Connecting Through Challenge, Change and Opportunity N/A July TBD
National Autism Conference July 31-August 3
Hybrid/State College
August 5-8
State College
PA Community on Transition Conference August 9-10
State College
HELIX: High Expectations for Low Incidence Disabilities TBD TBD
PA PBIS Implementers Forum
(*MTSS Integration Strand Years)
*November 1-3
Hershey Lodge

Other Resources for Families


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New Animated Videos about ALL the IEP Team Members!
Have you ever wondered who should be at an IEP team meeting or why an individual was there? Check out this new series of short clips introducing each member of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Follow PaTTAN on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LindedIn to see new releases, or visit the YouTube playlist. Great to share with staff, families, and your school community.

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On July 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance on the discipline of students with disabilities. The main takeaway is that students with disabilities must follow school discipline policies, but discipline must be administered in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.

See Guidance Documents:  Guide for StakeholdersFact SheetQ&A DocumentLetter from the U.S. D.O.E. Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

National Center on Improving Literacy logo. Click on image to go to page

Affordable Health Insurance Medicaid: How to Qualify and Apply for Medicaid image.       Pennsylvania Health Insurance: Find Affordable Plans. click on image for more info       

National PTA every child one voice Family Resources image. Click on image to go to page.       Image of Parents' Guide to Student Success.  Click on image for more info.

Image of ODR Understanding the Special Education Due Process Hearings A Guide for Parents and Families. Click on image to go to the page.                      Transition Tuesdays-Engaging Families in Transition Planning. Click on image for more details

image of Enhancing School Engagement and Attendance for Students with Disabilities.  Click here to go to publications webpage.                                                I'M DETERMINED Families You made it to the right place, we are glad you're here. As family members, you are an important part of your student's success no matter their age. Explore resources and events that will help you support your child along their journey image. Click on image to go to page.   

Resources for Secondary Transition:

Transition Discoveries About Us image. Click on image to go to page                                                         PA Secondary Transition logo

Your Voice, Your Story, Your Future. Family Engagement in your Transition Planning image. Click on image to go to you tube video.                                                            Opening Doors to College video. Click on link to go to page.  

                                                           Partnerships in Employment Erik W Carter What Matter Most Research on Elevating Parent Expectations image. Click on image to go to PDF



The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. ODP provides supports and services to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities (IDD) and/or Autism.  Supports may include waivers (benefits and services), such as Medical Assistance/Medicaid; Community Living; Infant Toddler, and Family, as well as other services. To determine if you or your child is eligible for ODP services, follow this guide:ODP Services guide. Click Here for eligibility and contact information                                                                               Does Your Child Have a Hearing and/or Vision Concern? Watch this brief video: Family Resource Group.

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PDE Guidance

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