Project DOCC Houston is a non-profit organization connecting pediatric residents in Houston with Parent Teachers who give the physicians an improved understanding of what a family experiences when caring for a child living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.

Project DOCC Houston consists of a faculty of Parent Teachers who all care for their own children living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.  Project DOCC coordinates a training program through which these Parent Teachers educate pediatric resident physicians at Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School Houston and Texas A&M College of Medicine, Houston about the unique challenges associated with caring for children living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Since the pediatric residents already receive an extensive education, this component focuses specifically on giving them the perspective from families managing their children’s complex needs at home and in the community with real life experiences that are difficult to portray in a medical textbook or hospital or clinic setting.

Mike and Gina Pepchinski with their son Anton

Comment from one of our DOCC parent teacher:

    I am often approached by parents of young children with disabilities who have questions about how to find resources or help with the school system.  My experience with Project DOCC and listening to other parents’ stories has helped me become more aware of what is available, and what I can expect for help with my child, as well as what resources are out there for families dealing with other disabilities.  I am a stronger advocate for my daughter as well as a good resource for other parents because of this exposure. -- Meg Marchiando

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