Parent Empowerment Network



Through its Parent Empowerment Network (PEN) program, Moving Forward Pittsburgh, Inc. helps parents and and their children who are struggling in school by offering the resources of a coalition of families who’ve struggled with learning differences and giftedness.

We provide parents who are Parent Peer Support Specialists (PPSSs) who have sought and received help for their own children with local professionals and school districts.


  • Walking you through the public school special education process
  • Helping you to read and interpret educational and psychological tests
  • Connecting you with parents who have been where you are
  • Suggesting strategies and therapies that will help your child
  • Saving you attorney fees by clearly documenting the facts of the case

Our PPSSs are parents who have experience with children with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Physical Disabilities, Giftedness, Reading Delays and who are non-native English language speakers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Sometimes a child may have an IEP and/or 504 or a GIEP that is not working. Our PPSSs can suggest ways that the parents and school districts can work together to better serve that child.

These .pdf files provide more information about learning disabilities in general and  about giftedness in Pennsylvania.

National Learning Disabilities Report 

Pennsylvania Gifted Program Guidelines

Our PPSSs understand where you are and can help you to decide how to “move forward.”

Hourly fees apply.  Initial 15-minute case evaluation is free with completed online form below.


Parent Empowerment Network - Initial Case Evaluaton

Please provide the Moving Forward Parent Peer Support Specialists with information about your case to see if and/or how we may help. We will contact you to discuss an appointment or to suggest other options for you.
  • The first and last name of the parent or guardian of the child who is struggling
  • What is the best email address to reach you?
  • What is the best phone number to reach you?
  • What is the name of the child that needs Moving Forward's help?
  • What is the birth date of the child?
  • What school district or school does the child attend? What is the child's grade level at present?
  • Briefly tell us about the special issues your child has at school. Maximum 3000 characters.
  • Have you met with representatives of the district? If so, with whom? Guidance counselors, teachers, special education supervisors, school psychologists? If you have not yet spoken to the school about this issue, please type "none."
  • Has the child been under the care of professionals related to his or her struggle? If so, please describe the kind of treatment or testing received. If you wish, you may name the professionals, but that is not required.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.