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Parent Resources and Information for Special Education

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
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Parent involvement in their child’s special education program means a lot to administrators at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. But participation outside of the Individualized Education Program meetings was limited. When a survey showed parents had interest in attending a special ed support group, the U-PRISE program was created.

U-PRISE is a school, family and community partnership program designed to improve student outcomes. The network is made up of school administrators, teachers, parents of students with disabilities, and community members. The group has an advisory committee that meets monthly to discuss issues of concern.

U-PRISE hosts an online community bulletin board with resources and information for families. Each district school also has a parent liaison who welcomes new families and acts as a resource for parents navigating the special education system.

To start your own program:

  • Collaborate with administrators and special education teachers to ensure support and to identify key families to recruit for the advisory committee.
  • Communicate with families, community members and district staff about resources and ways to get involved.