NAPTAC, Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center
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Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC)

NAPTAC_IMG4NAPTAC is a project within EPICS to provide training and technical assistance to Parent Training Information Centers (PTI’s) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC’s) nationwide on providing effective, culturally responsive services to Native American families of children with disabilities, as well as youth with disabilities.  The NAPTAC will also provide differentiated, targeted and intensive TA to parent centers requesting additional support to build their capacity to provide services to Native American parents of children with disabilities, as well as youth with disabilities.  The staff and consultants of the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center are experienced professionals who are ready to provide each Parent Center with high quality services and supports.  A Technical Assistance Specialist will be assigned a region as organized by the Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (RPTACs).

EPICS (Education for Parents of Indian children with Special Needs) a non-profit entity providing training, advocacy and supports to families of Native American children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.  EPICS, houses the Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) and the NAPTAC. About EPICS.

Elizabeth Martin, Executive Director

Judy Wiley, Project Manager

Dr. Jim Frasier, PhD. – External Evaluator

Kelsey Woody, Project Coordinator

Dale Vicente (Acoma), President

Alfred Aguilar Jr. (Santo Domingo), Vice-President

Trudy John (Navajo), Secretary

Monica Yazzie (Navajo), Treasurer

Jolene Velasquez (San Felipe), Member

Judito Camacho (Asian/Filipino), Member

Lavern Emerson (Navajo), Member

Marthann Sanchez (Laguna), Member

NAPTAC will establish a National Project Advisory that is comprised of the following representation of membership:

  • Self-Advocate
  • Parent of a child with disability or special healthcare needs
  • Researcher in the field of special education, vocational rehabilitation, etc.
  • Representative from an institution of higher education
  • Representative from a state Parent Training & Information Center
  • One liaison from the EPICS board of directors
  • Representative from a Protection & Advocacy
  • Tribal Community Elder

The role of the National Project Advisory committee will be to provide ongoing support, recommendation and input on the work of the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center.

The contents of this Web page were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328R130012. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, David Emenheiser.

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