Tips: The Do's & Don'ts of Parent Advocacy

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Circulation: 83,488
ISSN: 1538-320
January 25, 2011

Determined to be a more effective advocate this year? Lost and looking for advocacy tips? We've got them!

Spend some time in the Wrightslaw Advocacy Center.

Advocates teach parents how to negotiate for their children. Seasoned advocates share effective advocacy strategies, ideas, tools, and tips that will enable you to become an equal participant in the IEP process.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will find strategies that offer common sense approaches about how to resolve problems early, techniques to create positive parent-school relationships, and tips to help you effectively advocate for your child.

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10 Tips for Good Advocates

Parents need to understand that the law gives them power to use in 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. 

In 10 Tips for Good Advocates, Indiana Advocate, Pat Howey's explains how to polish the art of negotiation to a fine finish.


What Parent Advocates Should and Should Not Do

Need help learning to anticipate problems, manage conflict, and avoid crises? Learn the five things you should do - and four things you should not do!

Do: Prioritize your child's needs...

Don't: Have a closed mind...

More tips from attorney Leslie Margolis in Parent Advocacy: What You Should...and Should Not Do

Wrightslaw All About IEPs

All About IEPs: Advocate's Tips

Every chapter in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs includes advocate's tips, checklists, and recommended resources.

Find more than 200 FAQs about IEPs - an invaluable resource for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys. You will refer to this book again and again.


14 Tips: Reviewing Your Child's Educational Records

I only have a few of my child's records. Should I request a copy of the file? How will I know what's missing?

1. Send a request letter to inspect and review your child’s records.

2. Specify all files in the letter, whether or not you believe these records exist.

Advocate Pat Howey explains the steps in 14 Tips for Reviewing Your Child's Educational Record.

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