We are Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents is here to support, educate, and inspire you to build a bright future for your child with special needs. You are not alone on your journey. Together with Parents Helping Parents staff, many of whom are parents of children with special needs themselves, we will listen to your concerns, assist you to identify specific needs, brainstorm options for you to consider, share resources and information, and you can use this information to set a course of action to improve the outcome for your child.

Here you will find information based on your child’s disability, diagnosis, or concern; their age; and, their grade in school. You will learn about your educational rights, options to resolve problems, and how to navigate the special education process; understand the benefits of assistive technology; learn about the transitions in your child’s life and how to navigate them; connect with other parents and families like yours; make sense of the complex networks of care, services, and benefits for your child now and as an adult, and more!

How Can We Help You

In-Person Services

Parents Helping Parents offers a wide variety of In-Person Services to support you, your child and your entire family.

Parents Helping Parents In-Person Services include parent support groups for children with special needs; parent training and workshops on special education, SSI, IHSS, MediCal, and other public benefits; 1:1 confidential consultations in the office or over the phone; support groups for parents/caregivers as well as a sibling support group for those with a disabled brother or sister, and more.

Many Parents Helping Parents In-Person Services are offered in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Online Services

Parents Helping Parents E-Learning Library is here for you anytime, anywhere. Our educational videos cover topics on special education assessments, IEPs, assistive technology, public benefits like SSI, IHSS, and MediCal, and more.

Parents Helping Parents understands that receiving In-Person Services can sometimes be difficult. Now with Parents Helping Parents E-Learning videos, you can gain the same knowledge at your convenience, and at your own pace.

Parents Helping Parents E-Learning Library is growing! Check back often for new content!

Special Education Services

Education Specialists at Parents Helping Parents, based in San Jose (California) is here to provide you with training, information, and support related to understanding your rights and your child's special education rights for ages 3-26. Our Education Department supports families in the counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey.

You may be brand new to learning about your rights and want to know how to get the process of assessment started. You may have a child who has been eligible for services for years and run into some disagreement about the supports they need or placement. If you live in/near Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA), call us at 408-727-5775 to speak with an Education Specialist to discuss options to resolve any disagreements.

You will be provided information that helps you to participate actively in the planning and development of your child's individualized education program.

Volunteering & Events

Parents Helping Parents values your time and talent! Whether you are interested in a one-time volunteering opportunity, or if you can make a long-term commitment, we want to hear from you. Please download the volunteer application and let us know what you'd like to help with.

Thanks for joining the movement to build bright futures for children with special needs!