Parent Alliance for Students with Exceptional Needs

Helping those outside the curve!

aka PASEN.org   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  https://pasen.org

Mission

PASEN’s mission is to provide education, low-cost services, and support to families with students who fall outside the bell curve (gifted, 2E, and learning challenges) from preschool to adulthood

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mrs. Michelle Reed-Harris

Main address

2646 W. Highland Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85017 USA

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EIN

83-2054691

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

REED Scholarship

The REED scholarship is a fund to assist parents in paying for a special education advocacy.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

PASEN is proud to offer parents advice and guidance in the special education process at a low cost.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

The EESA Convention is the premier convention for a parent who of children with exceptional needs. We welcome all choices in education and those interested in learning more about alternate educational programs beyond public school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

NASEA Training is for parents and caregivers who are interested in advocating for their own child or others. Our comprehensive Parent Advocacy Training program is the first and only non-attorney special education advocacy training program that is topic-based and written specifically for parents. It is self-paced and will give parents all the information they will need to advocate for any child.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve family members and caregivers who have a relationship with a student with exceptional needs. Our vision is to create educational opportunities for students with exceptional needs and their families through the use of online training, school-choice programs, and low-cost advocacy services.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently began offering the Parent Advocate Training program to allow parents to become Non-attorney special education advocates for their children and others. We realized that there are only so many hours in a day to advocate for each child, so we want to educate parents and provide the tools and training to empower them to advocate for their own child as well as advocate for other children they come into contact with.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have always been client-focused, but through the use of feedback tools, we now can help pinpoint specific needs of our clients and help to guide them more selctively toward their desired outcomes.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

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Parent Alliance for Students with Exceptional Needs

Board of directors
as of 07/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Harris

Parent Alliance for Students with Exceptional Needs

Term: 2018 - 2022

Dorothy Paxton

Jackie Martin-Sebell

Ariana Boldt

Flo Englerth

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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