Parent Summit

The I’m Determined Parent Summit
Since 2007, the Center for Family Involvement has organized and hosted a Parent Summit for parents of transition-aged youth attending Virginia’s I’m Determined Youth Summit. The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project works to increase the self-determination skills of students with disabilities in public schools across the commonwealth.

The Youth Summit is open to students ages 13 through 21 by the application found at Once youth are accepted, parents accompany their children and can expect their own Parent Summit program of activities.

Starting as a group of 40-50 parents who accompanied their youth to a two-day gathering, the I’m Determined Parent Summit has grown into a popular summer event with more than 125 families attending each June, now on the beautiful campus of James Madison University. Parents look forward to networking with other parents, watching their youth blossom and getting information they need to help their son or daughter become more self-determined to navigate the life of their choosing.

Each year’s summit adopts a theme and program of presentations and events. Those attending have an opportunity to network with other parents and professionals and get information about the newest regulations, programs and practices. Topics typically focus on school, supporting families, community life, self-determination, self-advocacy, leadership, health care, employment services, college and much more. Information and presentations from past Parent Summits can be found at our Parent Summit archives.

If you would like more information about the Parent Summit, please contact Dana Yarbrough at or Nickie Brandenburger at To see videos of past Parent Summit attendees, visit our video page under our Resources tab. To see videos from previous Youth Summits, visit the Youth Summit page on the I’m determined website.