Summer School 2015
Session 5: Help others - Become an Advocate
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ISSN: 1538-320
September 1, 2015

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advoate meetingSo You Want to Become an Advocate!

Parent advocates should plan and prepare, learn information, and develop strategies.

Parent advocates need opportunities to practice advocacy skills.

Learn how to plan and prepare to be an effective advocate, and find out where to get the information you need.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate is Summer School 2015 Session 5. You'll find what you need to learn to become an advocate and where you can get training. You'll also find a reading and resource list.

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So You Want to Become an Advocate

In So You Want to Be an Advocate, you will:

  • get the basics of becoming a special education advocate
  • read what advocates do to improve the lives of children with disabilities and their families
  • find out what training and certification, if any, is required
  • learn where and how advocates train

Practice, Practice, Practice Your Advocacy Skills

Offer to go to IEP Team meetings with other parents.

  • Offer to be a friendly face at the table. Explain that you are trying to learn.
  • When you attend an IEP meeting for others, you are more objective. You will see the games people play, and that some school personnel know how to push parent's "buttons."
  • At school meetings you'll learn more about school culture, the players, their roles, and their personalities - and how to negotiate with them.

Learn What Type of Training is Required to Become an Advocate.


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Don't Play the Victim. Become a Mighty Force!

Why can't my children read? A mom feels victimized by the system and agonizes over the fact that her children couldn't read. The school system says her children don't qualify for special education services.

In From Victim to a Mighty Force, find out how Susan learned what was necessary to be an effective advocate for her children. You will enjoy seeing where Susan and her boys are today!

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