Parent Resource Center - Special Education

Vivian Evett, Parent Resource Center Liaison
(757) 925-5785 - Phone
(757) 925-5596 - Fax

Now Located at Booker T. Washington Elementary (204 Walnut St., Suffolk), Room 305

Office Hours*: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Monday - Friday
The Parent Resource Center is currently operating virtually. If you are interested in more information or to set up an appointment, please call the number above or email

The Parent Resource Center funded by Special Education is committed to providing assistance to parents, educators, students, grandparents, relatives and community members. Together, we help our children and youth develop and live full, productive, happy, independent lives to the maximum extent possible.


  • Parent Resource Videos
  • Parent Resource Books
  • Provide Information and Supportive Services
  • Offer Educational Opportunities and Training
  • Promote Cooperative Relationships Between School, Home and the Community
  • Distribute Monthly Newsletters/Flyers
  • Lend an Understanding Ear
  • Individual Consultation With Families
View our Special Education Resource Listing to find available resources. 

Upcoming Classes & Resource Events

Parent Video Series to Support the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home from the National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO)

The National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO) and the TIEs Center, both funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) have jointly published the first four videos in a series for parents of K-12 students with significant cognitive disabilities. The videos, which you will find below, address various aspects of supporting the learning of children with significant cognitive disabilities at home:

Helping Your Child with Routines at Home

Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Communication at Home

Helping Your Child with Communication at Home

Helping Your Child with Academics

Each video focuses on three key questions: Why is it important to focus on this with my child at home? How can I do this at home? What support can I ask for from my child’s school?  These videos will help families learn ways to support the learning of their children with significant cognitive disabilities at home and have conversations with teachers to link home to school supports. Educators and other audiences will also find the videos useful as they work with parents and families.

Live, Virtual Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities Training
Please join us for a live, virtual training event, Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities. The purpose of this training is to assist you in understanding these four things:

  • What are some of the keys to your child's academic success?
  • What decisions will you need to make regarding your child's educational path?
  • At what point will you be making these decisions? In this training, we refer to these as critical decision points.
  • What information will you need so that you can make the most well-informed decisions possible for your child?

Part One will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. Part Two will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. You will need to attend both sessions in order to receive all of the information.  Registration will be limited to 100 participants, so please register early!  The training will be provided by Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) staff.

Note: Once you have registered for Part One, you will automatically be registered for Part Two. Links for both nights will be sent to you via email.