Maryland’s Parent Training And
Information Center (PTI)

Looking for help with your child’s IEP or other special education issues? You’ve come to the right place!

The Parents’ Place has a unique role in Maryland. PPMD is the only organization in Maryland charged by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to serve as the state’s Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center. PPMD is one of over 100 PTIs nationwide, providing training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with all disabilities – physical, cognitive, emotional and learning.

As a PTI, the Parents’ Place provides information and support for families who have children and youth with disabilities or special needs, beginning at birth through age 26. Our Parent Educators and PTI staff are available to help you understand and navigate the special education system and provide you with the information and tools you need to be an informed and active participant in your child’s education. All services are provided to parents and families at no cost!

We Help Families

  • Learn about the special education process and parent rights
  • Collaborate with educators and professionals who provide special education, early intervention, transition, and related services
  • Make informed choices about their child’s educational needs
  • Access community, school, and family support services to help their child in school and at home
  • Understand the parent’s role in the development of IEPs, IFSPs, and dispute resolution
  • Understand procedural safeguards, rights, laws, and regulations

Support Services We Offer

  • Individual help and consultation with educational issues
  • Workshops on a variety of special education topics in different regions of the state
  • Webinars and phone workshops you can access from home or work
  • Annual parent conferences focusing on special education topics in English and Spanish
  • Parent leadership training in special education
  • Easy to understand materials and fact sheets
  • Links with parent support programs
  • Resources and information via the Internet
  • Working with state and local agencies to improve special education services for your child

Help and Consultation

Specially trained Parent Educators are available to help and consult with families about a variety of special education and disability issues, answer questions, and provide referrals. Call us – we’re here to help!


Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4:00 pm

The contents of this website were developed, in part, under a grant from the US Department of Education, CFDA 84.328M. 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.