Category Archives: Fathers

44. Focus on the Positive

I recently posted a story written by a father about his daughter on the Florida Fathers Network page. Of several comments I received, one stood out to me. It reflected that we all need to hear more about positive things … Continue reading

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40. Trust Given Is So Hard To Get Back Once Lost.

Trust given is so hard to get back once lost. In the beginning, with blind trust in the professionals working with our child, there was never a need for conflict because there was an assumption that whatever was being done … Continue reading

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39. Understanding Chain of Command, Structure and Written Policy

Often parents will experience frustration because they have identified a problem, carefully documented the course of events, and then failed to achieve resolution because they sought enforcement from the wrong person or agencies. It is important understand what policies or … Continue reading

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38. Advocating For Full Inclusion

Naturally occurring supports and services in school, neighborhood, and community are something we use every day in life and the greatest reason for advocating for full inclusion. For most of us being included is a right but for some individuals with … Continue reading

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37. Feeling the Power of Knowledge

Self-advocacy and self-empowerment begin once we start to acquire information.  What happens when finally we find the information lifeline and the light bulb of understanding becomes lit?  I have shared, previously, the frustration I felt when I did not have access … Continue reading

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36. The Instant Gratification of Information

With the access to the World Wide Web and all the information that comes with it one would think that parents would be able to find what they need.  It is interesting to note the contrast coming from the perspective … Continue reading

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35. Times For Advocacy

There are times during a school year that parents need to recognize as times where advocacy efforts are the least effective.  Consequently there are times that efforts should be increased.  Understanding this can lessen stress and increase effectiveness. Trying to accomplish … Continue reading

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