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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