When Kristin Planz-Christian was looking for advocacy for her son, who was born legally blind, she knew Parent Network could provide her with the support system she was seeking for.
Kristin, a special education teacher was looking to find support by building a community with other parents of children with special needs.
“What people usually learn the most from is other parents who’ve been there and done that,” she said. “When I needed it most, Parent Network was there for me.”
Kristin graduated from the second-ever class of Parent Network’s Parent Leadership Program, which she refers to as an “invaluable experience,” where she gained insight and understanding by learning from professionals and connecting with other parents and caregivers.
She walked away from the program, she says, knowing that things for her son would turn out well and he would learn to be independent just like his peers.
Kristin also attended a series of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) trainings offered by Parent Network, where she learned information she was able to share with parents who have children who are younger than her son.
“As a special education teacher, I’m always telling my parents, ‘if you need anything call Parent Network, if there’s anything I don’t know, they know it,’ she said. “They have knowledge of everything in the education system, from Early Childhood to Transition, there’s nothing they can’t help you with. Every experience I’ve had has been amazing.”