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This report uses a question and answer format to describe Project Innovative Parenting (P.I.P), a model project to provide assistance to parents with physical disabilities. The program offers such parents assistance in locating appropriate assistive technology, help in finding educational programs to teach and enhance parenting techniques, reinforcement of parenting skills already learned, and assistance with the linkage between parents and pertinent community services. Among questions addressed are the following: (1) What kind of parent does P.I.P. serve?; (2) How should this type of program be staffed?; (3) How did people learn about P.I.P. and what the program offered?; (4) How did P.I.P. establish positive relationships with community agencies?; (5) What happens after an interested parent contacts the program?; (6) What kind of issues might I expect to encounter while working with parents with special needs?; (7) Where did P.I.P. find recourses?; (8) What is assistive technology, and what kinds of technology might be helpful to a parent with a disability?; (9) Did P.I.P. buy assistive devices for parents? and (10) Did you get feedback from parents about the program and its effectiveness for them?. Brochures, forms, a family needs scale, an independent living assessment measure, an individual habilitation plan form, and handouts for parents are appended. (DB)

Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Community Information Services, Demonstration Programs, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Physical Disabilities, Referral, Social Services

Physically Impaired Association of Michigan, PAM Assistance Centre, 601 W. Maple St., Lansing, MI 48906 ($5, limited supply).

Author: Michigan State Developmental Disabilities Council, Lansing.


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