In This Issue . . .
August 31, 2010
As your children return to school, it's time to think about what you need to do to start this school year right. Our Back to School Series will help.
Effective advocacy comes from research, planning, and preparation. To be a successful advocate you need to:
Planning is the key to success. Your child's special education is a long-term project. You need a master plan. You will revisit and revise your plan as your child grows.
- Know your child's disability and his rights
- Understand your rights and responsibilities
- Hone your advocacy skills and techniques
- Learn to negotiate for quality services
- Maintain a positive parent/school relationship
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will find advice and advocacy strategies to help you make educational decisions for your child. You will learn how the effective parent advocate stays focused, anticipates problems, and avoids mistakes.
Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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Parents are paying it forward by providing advice and information to others, developing advocacy study groups, or training parents, service providers, and educators in special education advocacy.
Read about seasoned parent advocates who are training and enabling other parents in The Power of Parent Advocacy.