Our Funded Projects
Parent to Parent of Miami's Community Parent Resource Center
Our Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) provides much needed training and assistance to the families of over 33,000 children and youths with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The CPRCs are funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004.
Parent Centers specifically help families:
Understand their children’s disabilities and educational needs
Communicate more effectively with school personnel
Understand their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)
Obtain appropriate services for their children
Connect with other community resources that assist children, youths and adults with disabilities
Parent to Parent of Miami's Education, Support and Advocacy Program
Parent to Parent of Miami's Education, Support, and Advocacy Program, funded by The Children’s Trust since 2004 provides direct support, resources and advocacy assistance to families who have children with disabilities in Miami-Dade County. The Education and Support Specialists are parents and family members of children with disabilities that have walked the walk and talked the talk. This model of support is based on a national Parent to Parent program and the National Parent Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Families are helped with many different concerns: educational issues for their child, accessing resources available in the community, peer support, information on federal law and their rights. Workshops and trainings are offered in English and Spanish throughout the community as well as at our office as well as via online webinars. The ultimate goal is for families to become strong knowledgeable advocates for their children.
Our e-Newsletter "Unlocking your Child's Potential" highlights accomplishments of people with disabilities, and provides information regarding resources and best practices to families.
Project Panther LIFE
Funded in 2011, Florida International University (F.I.U) in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Parent to Parent of Miami, developed and implemented a postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities entitled Project Panther LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone). Project Panther LIFE will prepare students with intellectual disablities, over a four year period, to complete a well-planned, structured, and individualized (based on interests) curriculum offering professional/career tracks, and a system of supports through partnerships that will result in a Certificate of Employability Readiness. The need to provide this type of postsecondary transition program is twofold. First, to ensure that high school students with intellectual disabilities have access to postsecondary transition programs, participate in postsecondary education and related experiences, and secondly, achieve meaningful employment following program completion. For more information on this project visit: http://education.fiu.edu/pantherlife/
Project Panther PLUS
Project Panther PLUS: Postsecondary Learning for Universal Success launched in 2016, is a collaborative partnership between Florida International University (F.I.U), Best Buddies, the Center for Independent Living, and Parent to Parent of Miami. This non degree postsecondary transition program will support students with intellectual disabilities ages 22-26. For more information on this project visit: http://education.fiu.edu/pantherplus/index.html