A Parent's Guide to Special Education

Virginia Special Education Regulations

Virginia Department of Education

Mountain Plains
Regional Resource

Center for Family Involvement


Knowledge of special education law, regulations, and effective practices listed on this Resources page help SEAC members become informed and knowledgeable.

In Virginia, about 50 Parent Resource Centers (PRCs) support local school divisions. PRCs are typically staffed by a parent and an educator. PRCs provide help to parents looking for information, resources, and help to SEACs by:

  • Helping parents understand the special education process;
  • Promoting communication between home, school and community;
  • Offering workshops on topics of interest

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), Virginia's Parent Information Training (PTI) Center, provides support, education and training to families, schools and other professionals committed to helping children with disabilities. To reach their website, click here.

You may also get information about local SEACs from the Virginia Department of Education Suzanne Creasey or from the Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU Melanie Sterling

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