Family Leadership Institute (FLI)

We are not currently accepting FLI applications but will post when the next application cycle opens. 

PEAL’s Family Leadership Institute (FLI) help parents and caregivers of children and young people with disabilities and special healthcare needs to develop an understanding of healthcare, education, and disability policies. Tools will be used to increase the impact of your voice to promote change beneficial to children, young people, and families across Pennsylvania. Participants will focus on a specific area of interest to effect change. This opportunity is offered at no cost to families by the PEAL Center and our partners.


1. What is a Family Leadership Institute (FLI)?

A multi-session, in-depth training for families to build knowledge and leadership skills related to inclusive special education and health care

2. Who should attend? 

Parents, family members, and other caregivers of children and youth who have disabilities and/or special health care needs

3. Why should families attend? 

  • To increase their knowledge and understanding of educational systems and services
  • To learn new communication, leadership, and advocacy skills for working with your child’s school team
  • To become part of a network of families and professionals that share a common focus

4. What topics will be covered?

  • History of Disability and Special Education Rights
  • Special Education Process and Building a Strong IEP
  • Navigating the Maze of Health Care Services
  • Advocacy and Organizing for Change
Supported by funding from the Family to Family Health Information Center, in collaboration with Mission Empower
PEAL promotes inclusion and access to education and healthcare, and empowers families and young adults across Pennsylvania with support of funding from federal and state partners, nonprofit organizations and donors. This project, in part, was funded by the Pa. Department of Health’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. To learn more about our funders and donors, please visit the first page of our website: