Why Parents Choose Me To Advocate For Their Children
If you are like most parents, you trusted the advice and recommendations from your school staff. Now you have come to realize that you cannot trust their advice. From your perspective the schools program is damaging your child as your child falls further and further behind. Under these circumstances feelings of anger and betrayal are nearly inevitable. You may have experienced these factors that have created a crisis for your child.
Placed your child in a program that he doesn’t belong it despite your objections
Refused to provide necessary services because these services are expensive but would establish a precedent.
Refused to consider or include private professionals recommendations in the IEP
Terminated the child from special education after the child’s IQ scores dropped because there is no longer a severe discrepancy between the child’s ability and achievement scores.
Caused the child to be arrested at school and suspended or expelled the child for behavior that is related to the child’s disability.
After an IEP Meeting Have You Ever Left Your School Wondering…
What just happened? What did I sign?
Is my child getting the best possible services?
Am I asking the right questions?
Does this plan truly meet my child’s needs?
Parents are Natural Advocates For Their Children
Who is your child’s first teacher? You are. Who is your child’s most important role model? You are. Who is responsible for your child’s welfare? You are. Who has your child’s best interests at heart? You do.
You know your child better than anyone else. The school is involved with your child for a few years. You are involved with your child for life. You should play an active role in planning your child’s education.
The law gives you the power to make educational decisions for your child. Do not be afraid to use your power.
Use it wisely. A good education is the most important gift you can give to your child.
As the parent of a child with a disability, you have one goal.
To ensure that the school provides your child with a “free appropriate public education” that includes “specially designed instruction . . . to meet the [child’s] unique needs . . .” (20 U.S.C. §1401)
Beware of The Gatekeeper
A “Gatekeeper” can be a teacher, therapist, service provider, administrator, or anyone who completely overreacts whenever their opinions, responsibilities, recommendations, or expertise are questioned or challenged by the parent or advocate. These are the people who believe that they know it all. Therefore, if a parent implies or states outright that their child’s special education needs are not being met, the Gatekeeper cannot handle it.
If you have come to this website I am sure that you have experienced these different personalities. These personalities make unilateral decisions. They predetermine services, programs, and placements. They claim to know everything about special education law but the reality is, they often times don’t know the law at all. They will draw lines in the sand, refuse to budge, and discount the concerns of parents.