Category Archives: Procedural Safeguards

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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26. Mr. Hawke’s Top Ten

Many years ago I created what I call Mr. Hawke’s top ten. I think they still hold true today and felt compelled to share them once again.  Reflections of the ESE Policeman 1) The first step of the journey requires dealing … 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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19. They Called me … The Kid

I was beginning to become recognized as a resource for all parents of children with disabilities.  In my interactions with parents I learned about a wide variety of disabilities and how they impacted children’s access to an education.   ( Specific … Continue reading

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17. Reflections of the ESE Policeman!

I soon realized that we as parents had no established vehicle to participate in the decision making process on a district t or even site based level. I read about the passage of Goals 2000.  (GOALS 2000 – Educate America) … Continue reading

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11. Learning More About Section 504

The next attempt at advocating for my son was to look at basic civil rights law. I read about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and how it was an equal access law (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/faqs.html).  It was a comparison between children … Continue reading

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10. Giving In Was Not An Option.

Finally in the mail a response to the complaint.  I had prevailed on the Least Restrictive Environment issue.  (http://nichcy.org/schoolage/iep/iepcontents/participation)  As a result my son began moving out of the self-contained classroom and back into the regular education classrooms for portions … Continue reading

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8. Denial of Least Restrictive Environment

My first attempt at filing a state complaint was to try to find a way to get my son returned to his neighborhood school. (http://nichcy.org/schoolage/disputes/statecomplaint#summary)  His placement in the special school program was in a self-contained classroom. When he finally … Continue reading

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7. Finding a Lifeline

We began to meet as a small parent group and look at what options were available to us. We asked to be placed on the School Board agenda and went before our elected officials to state our case.  (http://mn.gov/mnddc/pipm/makingyourcase/index.html) I … Continue reading

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