Category Archives: Least Restrictive Environment

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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32. Letting Go. The Right to Independence.

Along with successes come mistakes, for that is how we learn.  It is difficult to understand good unless you have experienced bad, right without wrong.  This never happens with isolation and segregation that restricts and limits exposure to life.  It … Continue reading

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30. Why Advocating for Your Children Yourself is Always the Best Option.

Creating dependencies on others to do what all parents are capable of doing for themselves is such a disservice to families.   Is the person calling themselves a parent advocate   qualified to act on behalf of others? Everyone should be an … Continue reading

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28. Collaboration! It’s The Right Thing To Do!

Imagine an IEP meeting where everyone is in agreement.  A meeting where the only time money is mentioned is when the group thanks you for buying the snacks you brought with you.  Imagine a meeting where you feel good about … Continue reading

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25. Sometimes Parents Feel Excluded Too!

Over a prolonged period of time the relationship between schools and parents of children with disabilities has become adversarial.  I believe this continues because some parents pass along the negative history they experienced to others, convincing them the only way to … Continue reading

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23. Information To Parents – Given By Parents

I have had many opportunities to meet with others and participate on state and national levels as an advocate, but there are two opportunities that I hold as real honors. Two of those were invitations to participate in summits held by the … Continue reading

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