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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Parent & Teacher Groups

Mission: To increase opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.

Programs: Nevada pep is recognized as the parent training information center for nevada, offering a unique set of services to families who have children with all types of disabilities. Nevada pep strengthens families with education, empowerment and encouragement through trainings, support and individual assistance. Nevada pep is a family driven organization dedicated to educating parents and professionals throughout nevada's 17 counties. Nevada pep offers services through the neighborhood family service centers and is a collaborative partner in the newly developed children's mobile crisi response teams. Nevada pep believes that the family is the fundamental unit in society, children with disabilities without regard for the severity of the disability, have an inherent value that all life has a purpose, that communities benefit from providing appropriate interventions and that individuals with disabilities make a valuable contribution to society. In this fiscal year nevada pep has provided trainings, free of charge, to over 3,156 individuals, 96% of participants reported that the workshops provided them the information they needed to make decisions anout their child's education. Nevada pep has provided the parental perspective on 77 committees throughout the state, with a goal of improving local and state programs for children and their families. Over 16,807 individuals received information and support services. In this fiscal year, 1,159 new families contacted nevada pep for intensive individual assistance. According to the annual pti national survey, 100% of parents reported that pep provided them with the relevant information they needed to make decisions about their child's education. Nevada pep maintains two offices, one in las vegas and one in reno, serving families in rural nevada by toll free telephone, email, web-site, and traveling to the rural communities.

promoted meaningful parental engagement and involvement in the education of their children and in school reform activities to improving services and results for children with disabilities ages 0-26. Disseminated over 2,400 response to intervention brochures, provided 24 early childhood transition workshops and positive behavior approached for young children. Nevada pep provided individual support through 2,512 contacts with parents of children 5 years old and under. Disseminated 400 "college bound" guides in print and online, and provided transition trainings to increase self awareness and self advocacy skills of youth with disabilities; improving the opportunity for successful high school completion and transition to adult life. Nevada pep disseminated printed newsletters and monthly e-newsletters, containing up to date information on education, local trainings, national issues and topics of interest.

responded to 4,619 phone, in person, mail, and electronic requests for information and referral to help educate and empower families and professionals to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. At 291 schools accross the state, nevada pep provided one on one education and follow up support contacts to families of children with disabilities empower them to participate effectively in helping their children meet developmental and functional goals. Provided 40 iep clinics and 2430 trainings to help families better understand their rights and responsibilities under disability and education policy and other related topics such as: positive behavior interventions, bullying prevention and the importance of reading instruction. Maintained interactive website and provided 31 live webinars, and archived workshops to increase access for families to the valuable information. Provided a statewide lending library available to all families to help them better understand their child's disability.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the proud parent of a 16 year old son, with multiple disabilities, I was at a complete loss of resources to help me understand all that I was facing. It was not until I found NEVADA PEP, that I was able to cope.

We have been with NEVADA PEP, for over 9 years, and all through ALL of the workshops that they continue to provide to families of children with disabilities, they just quite simply make "our world" a better place!

The entire staff at NEVADA PEP, just somehow makes you feel, like hey, "everything is going to be oaky", and with all of the training and strategies I have learned, WE ARE OKAY. NEVADA PEP, rocks, HARD!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I relocated to Nevada, I was calling all types of organizations to find out what type of services were available for my child with a Disability. I was eventually referred to Nevada PEP and they immediately sent me a packet of information that allayed my fears and reassured me that everything would be alright after I made my move. I called them as soon as I arrived and I received an Advocate that helped me understand the system here and get the services I needed to support my daughter. I don't know where I would be without Nevada PEP!

Review from Guidestar

Laura N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy. Over the years Nevada PEP has been a great resource. I have called numerous times just to ask questions like "Is there anyone in town who can help with . . ." or "Is there a such thing as a therapist who helps with . . ." Any question I have related to my child's special needs has been answered. They have helped me understand more about the school system and the IEP, even going with me to an IEP meeting to help me in getting my daughter's needs met. The best thing is that when something happens and I am really upset, they are just a phone call away. They listen, sympathize and help me to solve my problem. Don't know what I would do without them!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely happy to have encountered Nevada PEP. My family was going through a very hard situation with our kid. Through their advocacy, Nevada PEP was able to assist us in ensuring that my kid felt safe at his school and they taught us how to appropriately talk with the school as a team. God bless nevada PEP.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has needed a high level of special ed help since 2001. We moved to Nevada in 2008 and I felt completely lost by the whole new set of acronyms etc. due to the differences from state to state. Nevada PEP helps me "translate" so that I can once again be a good advocate for my child, and continue to teach him how to advocate for himself also. This help has been priceless and will affect my son for the rest of his life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a new parent of a child born with a rare chromosome abnormality. Nevada PEP has helped me to understand and navigate the organizations that offer services for my child. They also provide support to parents when they need it most! Being a parent of special needs child is a role most people are not prepared to fill, but with the guidance of NV PEP, parents can make their way and gain confidence in their new role.

Review from Guidestar