• The Role of Parent Services

    • Assists schools and school districts to develop family-friendly programs and services.
    • Provides information to families about exceptional student education.
    • Promotes partnerships between schools and families to support student achievement.
    • Provides information to families and professionals about local resources and family support groups.

    Resources

    • Transition to Independence Process:
      The Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system was developed to engage youth and young adults in their own futures planning process, provide them with developmentally-appropriate services and supports, and involve them and their families and other informal key players in a process that prepares and facilitates them in their movement toward greater self-sufficiency.
    • Agency for Persons with Disabilities:
      The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.
    • Family Network on Disabilities:
      is a statewide network of families and individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens.
    • Bright Expectations:
      Bright Expectations (BE) is Florida’s site dedicated to helping our residents with unique abilities find the support, resources, and inspiration they and their families need to break barriers, defy lowered expectations, and achieve the brightest futures they can imagine.

    Parent Engagement Resources related to RtI

    Florida's Parent Brochure, currently available in English and Spanish, is a publication that focuses on “Ensuring a Strong Start, Promoting a Bright Future” through an overview of RtI, how parents can be involved, key questions for parents to ask, and recommendations for parents if they believe their child is struggling.  It was developed by the Florida Department of Education in collaboration with Bureau of Family and Community Outreach, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Pasco County School District, and Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project.  Recently adapted from Florida’s Parent Brochure providing general RtI information, the following PowerPoint Presentations can be used in a variety of presentations to both parent and educator audiences to address parent engagement in the implementation of RtI: RtI Presentation for Parent Audiences (English)RtI Presentation for Parent Audiences (Spanish)RtI Presentation about Parent Engagement for Educator Audiences.  Lastly, Evaluations for Special Education Services: Information for Parents, is a brochure designed to clarify issues and expectations for parents when they believe their child may have a disability and/or when their child has been referred for an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services.

    All of these resources can be access on the home page of Florida’s Response to Instruction/Intervention website at http://www.florida-rti.org.