Category Archives: Special Education

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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34 Parents Have Impact at the Local Level!

Where does a parents’ voice for change have the greatest impact?  Washington?  No.  The State Capital?  No.  The answer lies in the community in which you live.  The local elected officials that represent you is the answer, your local school … Continue reading

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33. Invisible Disabilities

Perhaps one of the hardest things to get the public, general educators and, in some instances, parents to understand and accept are the disabilities that are not obvious.  Statistically ten percent of the population has an invisible disability.  (What Are Invisible Disabilities?) These invisible disabilities … 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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31. Paying It Forward …

Paying it forward…. “I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you.  When you meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to … Continue reading

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