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Parent Leadership in Special Education

Parent Leaders: Experience. Expertise. Influence.

  • Would you like to take your experience and perspective as a parent of a child with a disability and put it to use by helping others?
  • Do you have ideas for improved supports and services for children with disabilities and their families?
  • Would you like to tap into existing opportunities to have your voice influence decisions and policy?
  • Do you want to increase your big picture knowledge base of important legislation and policy?
  • Are you interested in developing your leadership skills?


PACER wants to partner with parents:

Receive individual assistance, parent leader information and support. Contact Barb Ziemke at 952-838-9000 or e-mail [email protected]

PACER wants to partner with professionals:

Special education directors and interagency coordinating council and committee chairpersons and facilitators seeking to increase the effectiveness of local advisory committees through meaningful parent involvement, may contact PACER for assistance.

  • Parent Leader Referrals -
    PACER maintains a list of parents throughout the state who have received training to prepare them to be effective members of advisory committees and who are willing to be contacted regarding open positions. If you have an open position to fill on your IEIC, SEAC (Special Education Advisory Council), CTIC (Community Transition Interagency Committee), MHC (Mental Health Collaborative), or other advisory group, contact Barb Ziemke at 1-800-537-2237 / 952-838-9000 or [email protected].

  • Presentations -
    PACER staff may be available to speak on parent involvement and parent/professional collaboration at advisory committee meetings.

  • Problem Solving -
    PACER staff is available to provide technical assistance to advisory committees on a variety of concerns.