Parents of Children With Special Needs

Improving language proficiency of limited English-speaking parents of children with special needs

Limited English-speaking parents of children with disabilities frequently have difficulty accessing services and 
care for their children due to language barriers. Without a functional command of English, these parents cannot effectively advocate for their children, 
be an active partner with schools to develop their children's Individual Education Plan (IEP), or understand their children's rights and entitlements. 

TEACH has started to develop collaborations with agencies serving children with disabilities and their families, 
to provide English literacy tutoring focused on language skills parents need to communicate 
with schools, doctors and community resources regarding their children's disability and needs.