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ISSN: 1538-320
May 15, 2018

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We belong to a select club, an elite group of people, who speak a foreign language (IEP, OT, PT) other parents do not know. We emit sensitive radar that only those of our own kind can detect, often with one look.

No words can adequately explain the dread and anxiety that accompany us everywhere we go.

For the sakes of our children, we must strive to be patient with those whose experiences have not given them access to our perspective. It is our duty to lead these people to a fuller understanding of the beauty and ability within our children.

To do this, we must become effective advocates. - Jennifer Bollero

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In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we wanted to share the stories of some of the most effective (and fierce!) advocates we know.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.


"Give This Mom Whatever She Wants!"

The school was writing off my child. I learned my rights and how to use tactics and strategies to get a program to meet my daughter’s complex needs.

I knew it was a victory worth the fight when I found a sticky note in the cumulative record folder that said, Give this mom whatever she wants.


Success Story: How I Won Private Placement!

Thank goodness I attended your program. I didn't anticipate having to use what I learned so soon.

You gave me the tools to endure a very stressful battle with the School District. This story is a summary of that battle.

Keep up the good work and fighting the good fight!


Mom, City Schools Never Gave Up...

As the mother of a student with special needs, she has been a source of motivation, an advocate and a liaison between her son and school administrators.

Patience and perseverance have been the biggest keys. Believe in your knowledge of your child. If you know in your gut something is right or wrong for your child, stick to your guns.


Play Hearts, Not Poker (8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings!)

As an attorney, arbitrator, mediator and loving mother, I have a unique perspective on the process by which families prepare their children's IEPs.

Here are eight steps for parents to learn. These steps will help the parent negotiator minimize conflict when dealing with good-faith district negotiators.

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