Valerie’s Story

Valerie C and family

Valerie Colavecchio is the mom of a 17 year old boy named Parker who was born with a rare genetic disorder called galactosemia. She is also the statewide Program Manager for Family Support Services at Parent to Parent of NYS, where she takes pride in ensuring that every parent is heard, and understands they are not alone. Valerie recently shared … Read More

How P2P Matches Work

Parents who are raising a child with disabilities or special health care needs often feel overwhelmed and isolated. Parent to Parent organizations connect parents who face similar challenges in raising their children with disabilities or special health care needs. Parents are matched, based on their request, with a trained Support Parent who has walked a similar path. Each year, more … Read More

What’s on Your Special Needs Back-To-School Checklist?

An Example of a Student Profile

A new school year means a new teacher and maybe even a new school. If your child needs accommodations or is in a special education program, it may mean a new IEP team. Add the transition from summer to the school routine, and your to-do list can quickly become overwhelming. Here is a simple parent-tested way to prepare for back-to-school: … Read More

P2P USA’s Marsha Quinn Featured on Handi-Link

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Our Co Executive Director, Marsha Quinn, recently spoke with Cam Wells, host of the syndicated radio program Handi-Link, about the Parent to Parent movement. Listen to the episode below to learn more about who the Parent to Parent network serves, the impact of the pandemic on households with children and youth with special health care needs, and more. Marsha’s interview … Read More

2021 Leadership Institute Recap

A word cloud of feedback from the Leadership Institute: practical, informative, and helpful ideas

Parent to Parent USA held its 2021 Leadership Institute virtually on October 18-20, 2021. The Leadership Institute is the only national conference focused solely on the challenges of running a Parent to Parent program. Parent to Parent leaders from across the country gather to share best and promising practices to address the changing needs of families of those with disabilities … Read More

Fiona’s Story

Fiona Patrick

Fiona Patrick, Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania Director and P2P USA Board Member, recently shared her personal journey. What role has emotional support played in her healing process? And how did she grow a Parent to Parent program which has provided support to thousands of families in the past 25 years? Whether you are new to caring for a child … Read More