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Kristin Kane

Kristin Kane

Virginia Parent Training & Info Center; PEATC

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Kristin's work combines: Education, Law, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Information Specialist/Webinar Coordinator

I help families maneuver through the special education process.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology, General

    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    My younger brother received special education for learning disabilities.

  • 2.

    Watching my parents navigate the special education process definitely affected me subconsciously.

  • 3.

    Nine years ago, my son was diagnosed with dyslexia.

  • 4.

    Shortly after his diagnosis, I helped found the Virginia chapter of Decoding Dyslexia.

  • 5.

    My work with Decoding Dyslexia spans grassroots awareness to lobbying state & federal legislators.

  • 6.

    I educated myself on special education through Virginia's Parent Training and Info Center (PTI).

  • 7.

    I started working at the PTI, enabling me to extend that same help to other parents and educators.

  • 8.

    In 2015, my son & I spoke about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at the White House.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You're not the best student. You won't find a career after school.

  • How I responded:

    I had never been formally tested for a learning disability, but as I was educating myself on my son's learning disabilities later in life, I started to see some of the signs in myself. I was definitely not a great student in high school, and I was only an average college student-I could tread water, but I wasn't swimming along with everyone else. Now I work hard to make sure that people with learning issues or disabilities have the right resources to navigate school in the best way possible.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had trouble in school, so it was hard to watch my son struggle, too. But instead of folding to the challenges of the school system, I thought, "There has to be a solution to this." Now my work gives me a say in what my son's path will look like.