Welcome to our Raising the Standards Conference!


Thank you to all who participated in our annual AL PTI Raising the Standards Conference for 2021. 
Raising the Standards is a statewide virtual conference for families of children with disabilities, educators, and professionals supporting youth and their families in early intervention and special education.
We have our Conference sessions available for you to watch.
For those who desire the session in another language, follow our Easy Steps for the desired subtitles. 

Click on our YouTube Links for each session:  Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4

Review the Conference Schedule

  • Session 1 (May 5, 8:30am – 12:00pm) 

  • Welcome and Introduction by APEC Staff
  • Early Intervention Services and Updates by Amy Blakeney
  • Alabama Special Education Services (PREETS) by Tasha Harrison-Betts


  • Session 2 (May 5, 1:00pm – 4:00pm) 
  • Understanding the Difference Between COVID Impact Relief Services and Compensatory Education and How to Access Services by Nancy Anderson and Jeana Winter
  • Autism and Accessing Supports to Meet the Needs of Your Child by Dr. Doris Hill
  • Parent Leadership in Alabama by Tish McInnis


  • Session 3 (May 6, 8:30am – 12:00pm)  
  • Welcome and Introduction by APEC Staff
  • Mental Health and Emotional Needs by Dr. Dale Wiseley
  • Independent Futures that Work by Katrina Wellborn
  • Supports and Services for Families by Teresa Moulton


  • Session 4 (May 6, 1:00pm – 4:00pm)  
  • Understanding Social Security Administration and Work Incentives by Andrea Mixson
  • Getting and Keeping Your First Job by Karen Wisenbaker
  • Closing and Evaluation by Teresa Moulton

Certificates of Attendance may be requested after you have completed polls and the conference evaluation. 
If you need accommodations for language access, please contact secretary@alabamaparentcenter.com no later than Thursday, April 29, 2021.
For more information, contact Teresa Moulton (AL PTI Training Coordinator) at ptitraining@alabamaparentcenter.com or call our office at 334-567-2252.


You can also join our Facebook group, answer the questions, and learn more including watching the 2019 presentations. You can find the handouts from previous years and sessions if you go to our Handouts page.

We also encourage you to participate in our monthly webinars to learn helpful information regarding Parent Training. You can check it out on our Calendar page.