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.
Most parents do not even realize the extra emotional strain, physical effort, and expense it takes to care for a child with disabilities. We take it for granted that we wake up our children, we feed them and take them to school. It is NOT that easy for a parent with a child with special needs.
I have seen first hand the “labor of love” that my very best friend has undergone with the constant care for her son. She has been blessed with the assistance from the Angels at Nevada PEP. They have assisted her with her son’s challenges with school and therapies, etc…. They offer monthly IEP clinics to help parents understand the special education process.
Nevada PEP offers assistance to Parents with training, resources and support to children with disabilities ages 0-26.