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PEATC Reaches Out to Chesterfield and Richmond Extending Special Education Information to Latino Families in New Communities

Apr 21, 2010
Roberto and families
Roberto and families
PEATC came to Central Virginia this week. Building on our special education workshops in Norfolk and Petersburg, Rosalia Fajardo, Patricia Ojeda and Roberto Quintero held trainings in Chesterfield and Richmond. On April 13th, they presented in Chesterfield, Virginia at the St. Augustine Church to a large group of 24 parents with children with disabilities and other parents who were interested in finding out more about special education.

The subject of this training was an introduction to the special education. Our idea was to introduce our families to the exciting world of special education. We covered rights in your child’s school, how communicate in an effective way, what an IEP is, and how you can make sure that it is developed to improve your child learning.

The following day we hosted a group of parents in Richmond City. The families attending the Richmond training were from Puebla, Oaxaca, and Guerrero, Mexico and speak a different dialect than Spanish called Mixteco. Though only three parents attended that training, we were delighted with their enthusiasm and interest.

PEATC’s Director of Outreach, Rosalia Fajardo, in her typically enthusiastic way adds, “Our goal when Roberto began as a Latino Outreach Information Specialist in Central Virginia was to bring PEATC to more communities. Finally this dream of showing our families how the information about their rights can provide better futures for their children is becoming a reality.”

We are hoping to be able to provide a series of trainings for families at least once a month through a grant from the Virginia Department of Education. Special thanks to Carmen Alverio who is one of the Hispanic leaders for special education in this area for her commitment with our families.

Families from Chesterfield Rosalia and Patricia
Roberto and families    
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