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How PEATC Helps

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Our Mission

Building positive futures by empowering families and individuals with disabilities through education and training. We accomplish this by offering:

  • Services and support for families and professionals
  • Easy-to-understand, research-based information and training
  • Opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement

PEATC Helps Families...

  • Negotiate the education and service system maze
  • Effectively communicate their child's needs (from birth to age 22)
  • Develop self-advocacy and self-determination in children and youth
  • Organize information so that overwhelming problems become manageable
  • Manage their emotions for their child's benefit and talk so others will listen
  • Learn the difference between effective advocacy and being adversarial
  • Experience and enjoy the power of partnerships and successful collaboration

PEATC Helps Professionals...

  • Understand the strengths and dreams families have for their children
  • Provide more effective and innovative services
  • Experience and enjoy the power of partnerships and successful collaboration

Our Values

PEATC believes:

  • Families are children's first and best teachers.
  • Information and training enrich and empower families and professionals to build strong partnerships.
  • All children deserve opportunities to live, learn and participate fully in their communities.
  • Children with disabilities can achieve independence and make valuable contributions to society.

Our Organization

PEATC is committed to reaching all families, schools and communities as they build positive futures for Virginia's children.

Our Staff

PEATC staff and board of directors are caring and responsive individuals who include parents of children with and without disabilities, professionals, self-advocates and community leaders.

Our Vision

To be a nationally recognized leader in the development, communication and dissemination of state-of-the-art education, training, outreach and support services for children, particularly children with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Our Outreach

PEATC is committed to reaching all families, including traditionally underserved, rural and low-income populations and those families that do not know how their effective involvement can make a difference. Outreach efforts include program support for African-American and Latino populations across the Commonwealth. Se habla español.

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

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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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