Summer School 2015
Session 3: Ten Tips for Good Advocates

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
August 11, 2015

Parent advocate at schoolThe law gives parents power to use when making educational decisions for their children. Parents should not be afraid to use their power.

But, there are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through IEP meetings in a Mack Truck.

Parents are often dealing with personal obstacles - lack of information, isolation, and emotions.

What can you do?

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate is Summer School 2015 Session 3. You'll find Indiana Advocate Pat Howey's Tips for Good Advocates and get Pat's answers to advocacy questions when you Ask the Advocate.

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10 Tips for Good Advocates

  • how to facilitate the IEP process
  • the art of negotiation
  • the interrelationship of laws
  • how to reduce barriers between parent & school

Read 10 Tips for Good Advocates.


More Questions? Ask the Advocate!

Pat Howey is an Indiana advocate who helps parents obtain special education services and resolve special education disputes. She conducts Wrightslaw advocacy training and is on the ISEA Faculty.

Pat provides tips and strategies for successful advocacy and answers your questions in the series Ask the Advocate.

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If I were asked to choose just one book to help me learn advocacy skills, this is it! -Support for Families of Children with Disabilities Newsletter

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  1. Read "The Parent as Expert", Section 3, in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy.


  2. Use the Advocacy 101: Supply List to make sure you have everything you need to get started.


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