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Our Mission

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To increase the opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.

Guiding Principles

We believe that children, adolescents, and young adults have a right to access appropriate intervention as well as participate in all opportunities accompanied with membership in their own community. 

We believe that children, adolescents, and young adults reach their full potential when families and professionals build a partnership based on trust and respect. 

We believe that children, adolescents, and young adults and their families deserve the opportunity to live, learn, and participate fully in their communities

We believe that the family is the child’s first and best teacher; that professionals must be sought after as experts in their fields to enhance the family. 

We believe that the family’s strengths, weakness and cultures must be respected to meet the true needs of the family

We believe that Information, support and training enrich and empower families and professionals

We believe that every person has an unrealized potential for growth, and that services should be designed to maximize that potential. 

We believe that a diverse culture is essential in an interdependent world, and believe in acknowledging, embracing, and respecting diversity

We believe that it is crucial that families participate in policy-making decisions at the local, state, and national level to guide the development of meaningful services that are family driven.

Fundamental Goals

Nevada PEP will be a long-term reliable statewide resource to families and the individuals who support them by providing information, support, and training programs to empower them to better advocate for the needs of their children, adolescents, and young adults. 

Nevada PEP will assist families and the individuals who support them to better understand the nature and needs of the disabilities. Adolescents and young adults will understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to advocate themselves.

Nevada PEP will conduct community outreach and public awareness activities to families, professionals, organizations and traditionally under-served populations that directly or indirectly work with children with disabilities and their families; to raise awareness of available support, link families with other families in similar circumstances, encourage community acceptance and enhance the family centered community based service delivery.

COVID-19 Resources

During these difficult times, we know families are struggling trying to navigate unfamiliar territory. We want families to know that Nevada PEP is right there with you and we are here to help. Nevada PEP Specialists are available to offer support, community resources, and help your family find solutions. We are also available for virtual IEP meetings, and child and family team meetings. Nevada PEP is hosting virtual support groups in both English and Spanish, and we are offering live webinars on disability related topics. Go to Our Calendar to register. We also offer archived webinars you can use any time. We are just a phone call away, and we will continue to meet the needs of our families. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact us any of the following ways: Go to our Contact Page | Call: 1-800-216-5188 | Email:

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    “For the first time in so long, I finally feel like I am standing on solid ground. Thank you for caring about my child.”


    “Whenever there is something good happening in Nevada it is a guarantee that Nevada PEP is involved. This organization continues to be a positive force for this entire state.”


    “Nevada PEP is the kind of organization that’s near and dear to my heart.”

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    “My enthusiasm for Nevada PEP comes from firsthand experience. My family is stronger, and my patience is longer since we have become involved and started to attend trainings and support groups.”


    “Thank You NV PEP!!! You give me hope.”


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    “It has been a pleasure for me to watch PEP grow and prosper in our community since the early 1990’s and I am grateful for all they have done and continue to do for the children of the great state of Nevada.”

    Barbara K. Cegavske- Nevada Secretary of State

    “I have to say that volunteering at Nevada PEP is amazing. I feel like I am really giving back to the community.”


    “I commend Nevada Parents Encouraging Parents, Inc. (PEP) for your unwavering commitment to empower families to be life-long advocates for their children.”

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    “When I think of Nevada PEP, I instantly smile. This is more than just a parent center, it is a lifeline.”


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    “Families who have children with disabilities face challenges most people do not or cannot understand. PEP’s ability to not only connect these parents with each other but with much-needed resources is extraordinary.”

    Barbara K. Cegavske- Nevada Secretary of State

    “Always a pleasure to see PEP at these events. You are saving families in this community.”


    “Military families travel so much, when we first learned that we would be moving to Nevada, we knew it would be difficult to access services for our son with autism. The best thing we did was reach out to Nevada PEP, a good solid source of support and dependable resource since day one.”


    “Thanks so much for your support, I don’t feel like I am going through this alone anymore.”


    “I have followed the work of Nevada Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) and have always been inspired by their mission and accomplishments within our community. They truly take the time to educate, encourage and provide support whenever they can.”

    Barbara K. Cegavske- Nevada Secretary of State

    “There are not enough words to describe how meaningful PEP has been to the preservation of my family.”


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    “Nevada PEP has been an anchor for my family. Your understanding and support lift us beyond words.”


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    Nevada PEP recognizes the importance of ensuring our websites are accessible to those with disabilities. We are committed to making our information accessible to visitors with disabilities and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.  This website endeavors to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible, and Nevada PEP is working to educate our staff so that the content they may post on the website will be compliant with the guidelines and be accessible to all visitors. Nevada PEP strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability as comprehensively as possible on this website. We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at

    Programs and Services offered by Nevada PEP are supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education (H328M150026), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA (1HR1SM063015-01), opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions of either department, endorsement is not assumed.

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