Our Programs

STEP, Inc. currently administers three grants which all help us achieve our purpose, which is to ensure that the education of children with disabilities is made more effective by strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and ensuring that families have meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

Since 1989, STEP has administered the TN PTI grant and provided families across Tennessee, whose children experience the full range of disabilities, the information, training, and support they need to develop skills which foster collaborative partnerships between families and the professionals who work with their children.

Through a variety of products, services, and materials the PTI addresses four critical areas for parents and family members who have children with special needs:

  • Information Dissemination and Referral Services
  • Training and Support
  • Parent Leadership Development and Parent/School Partnerships
  • Outreach Services

Our Services

Ideas that Work Department of Education

The PTI is funded through OSEP. STEP, Inc. produced this website under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H328M100014-11A. Lisa Gorove served as the project officer. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned on this site is intended or should be inferred.


Parents, youth, and the school personnel who work with children and youth with disabilities need to have high quality, relevant, and useful information and training, along with support services to ensure positive outcomes.

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