Family Information

parent-info.jpegSupporting a child with a disability through their education takes a team approach. As a parent, you are a key member of your child’s educational team. PaTTAN’s Family Support Specialists and other staff aid families in understanding the special education process, share information and resources, and work with state agencies who support families like yours. PaTTAN encourages partnerships among families, schools, and communities to foster success for all children.


Important News for Families

**ATTENTION PARENTS! A recent change has been made to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE’s) policy regarding a student’s age of eligibility under federal IDEA. The new policy allows a student to be enrolled in school until their 22nd birthday. This may also affect young adults who exited school during the 2022-23 school term.

To learn more, see the IDEA-B Frequently Asked Questions and included Resources and talk with your child’s school if this change may affect your family.


Families, check out some 'must-see' trainings on our UPCOMING EVENTS page, including State and Local Conferences with Family Scholarship Opportunities



Popular PaTTAN Publications for Families

To access publications specific to families of children with disabilities, click on "Resources" in the green box at the bottom of this page.
Click here  to access all PaTTAN publications.



- Office Lead
- State Lead
Molly Black PaTTAN - EAST
Linda Cartwright PaTTAN - EAST
Jacqui DiDomenico PaTTAN - EAST
Amiris Dipuglia PaTTAN - CENTRAL
Patti McGowan PaTTAN - EAST
Tesia Nasehi PaTTAN - EAST