Are you anxious about attending your IEP meeting? Would you like someone to attend with you who can help you get quality services for your child. Don’t know where to start?
In the beginning, this process seems overwhelming to most parents, so you are not alone. Ultimately, you will need to learn how to be an advocate for your child. Parents are responsible for looking out for their children’s interests.
Information and resources are available.
Also contact the Parent Information Training Center for your state. They have training programs and may have staff who attend IEP meetings with parents. http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/ptis.htm
See what training your state Parent Information Center offers.
If you cannot travel to training, you can train at home at your convenience with Wrightslaw Training on CD-ROM.
You can learn a great deal by reading articles on the Wrightslaw web site.
Read these articles:
Advocating for Your Child – Getting Started. Good special education services are intensive and expensive. Resources are limited. If you have a child with special needs, you may wind up battling the school district for the services your child needs. To prevail, you need information, skills, and tools. (http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/advocacy.intro.htm)
Game Plan for New Parents. Introductory article; focuses on importance of planning and preparation. (http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/plan_new_parent.html)
Help! How to Find an Educational Consultant, Advocate, Attorney. Strategies to find an educational consultant, advocate or attorney who represents children with disabilities. (http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.referrals.htm)
Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do – and Not Do. Good advice from attorney Leslie Margolis about steps parents can take to get quality educational services for their children with disabilities. (http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.do.dont.margolis.htm)
Here is a link to “Summer School for Parents.” If you take this 6 part course, you will learn many of the skills you need to be your child’s advocate. (http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/08/summer.school.htm)