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PEATC, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
Assisting families of children with special needs since 1978
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Our History

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Danny Chitwood

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is the parent information and training center serving families and professionals of children with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PEATC promotes respectful, collaborative partnerships between parents, schools, professionals and the community that increase the possibilities of success for children with disabilities.

PEATC began its proud history of building partnerships to create improved educational opportunities for children with special needs with one family, one child and a courageous school administrator. Sometime in 1970, the parents of Danny Chitwood approached Win Anderson, the Director of Resurrection Preschool, about the possibility of allowing their son with disabilities to attend classes with the other students at their school. Following Danny's successful inclusion, Win and the Chitwoods were inundated with questions from other families who wanted information about advocating for their children under IDEA, the new special education law.

Responding to this pressing need, Win Anderson and Steve Chitwood began a remarkable journey that ultimately touched the lives of thousands of families through the creation of PEATC, the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center. Founded in August of 1978 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, PEATC has become a leader in education support, training and advocacy providing information to families and professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

Our website provides information to a worldwide audience. At PEATC, we don't just talk about partnerships; we've been living them for over 30 years.

8003 Forbes Place, Suite 310
Springfield, VA 22151
703-923-0010 (phone)
800-869-6782 (toll free)

Copyright © 2020 PEATC - Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center. All rights reserved.

Content on this site was produced, in part, with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education, under CFDA # 84.328M, #84.310A, and #84.235F. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education, any other agency of the U.S. government, or any other source.

PEATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to building positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. You can reach PEATC by calling 703-923-0010 (Voice/TTY), or sending an e-mail to

Celebrating 30 Years of Building Better Futures for Virginia's Children

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