Parents With Purpose (PWP)

The Parents With Purpose is a program of The Arc of Indiana County and a committee of the Local Task Force on the Right to Education of Armstrong and Indiana counties, which working cooperatively with local agencies and organizations.  For more about the Local Task Force on the Right to Education, visit the organization’s web site by clicking  HERE.

The group is made up of parents, educators, providers, and governmental agency personnel. It was formed it to provide guidance to parents of students with disabilities that are making the transition from any educational setting to a different one, with an emphasis on the transition from high school to post-secondary education, employment, and community living.

What Parents With Purpose does:

  • Provides on-going mini-workshops to assist in transition.
  • Provides advocacy/mentoring for parents of transitioning students.
  • Provides an opportunity for parents to discuss transition issues with other parents and agencies.
  • Maintains a library of books and materials on transition topics

Frequently asked questions addressed by the group include:

  • What is transition?
  • When does transition start?
  • What is a parent’s role in transition?
  • What is a school’s role in transition?
  • What information needs to be on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for successful transition?
  • When should I start thinking about transition for my child?


  1. Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit (ARIN IU-28)
  2. ICW Vocational Services, Inc. (Indiana Co.)
  3. Progressive Workshop, Inc. (Armstrong Co.)
  4. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
  5. Community Guidance Center (Indiana Co.)
  6. Family Counseling Center (Armstrong Co.)
  7. Career TRACK (Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana Counties)
  8. Armstrong-Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program (BDHP)
  9. Social Security Administration (SSA)
  10. Department of Human Services (DHS)
  11. The Arc of Indiana County

The Parents With Purpose group meets on the first Monday of the month (September through May) at The Arc of Indiana County from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with lunch provided.  An RSVP to The Arc is requested.  These meetings are informal and casual to foster open communication.

For more information or if you would like to be involved with this group, please contact the Arc of Indiana County.

Arc of Indiana County
120 North 5th Street, Suite #2
Indiana, PA  15701
Phone: (724) 349-8230
Fax: (724) 801-8549
Contact us via email

Funding is provided by the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust, the FISA Foundation, and private donations.