Category Archives: Special Education

24. On Site Information, Resources, Training and Support

It was now time to set the plan in motion. Initially we met monthly throughout the school year.  I selected three staff we called PEERs, Parent Educator Exception Resources, from the pool of the training teams.  Two of those PEERs were … 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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22. And Off He Went … To College!

We had survived middle school relatively unscathed.  He had those fresh out of college teachers who were excited about their profession and so eager to teach.  My son really benefited from being there.  He entered high school continuing on with … Continue reading

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21. It’s More Than a Job … It’s Who I Am

After my sons’ return to his neighborhood school and being provided the supports he needed in the regular education environment, (Supplementary Aids and Services) he flourished.  He was excelling academically and socially.  He was nominated by his school principal for … Continue reading

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20. I Cannot Become Complacent But Must Remain Vigilant

I became involved in this grassroots parent civil rights movement, as most do, because of my own immediate needs for my son. I was able to resolve his issues within the first year. Subsequent IEP meetings were never an issue once I … 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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18. Persistence, Interpretation and Acronyms!

I had made some changes in policy and services in my community applying things I had read and learned from others.  My son had settled in and all the other children with hearing impairments had been placed in age and grade … 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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15. Committed to Sharing Information and Resources

I returned home with renewed purpose empowered with all this new information and now a job to provide it to other parents. I also had the new tools of the computer and internet and email. I surfed the web reading … Continue reading

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14. Pamphlets, Resources, Parents and a Computer Guru!

Still no word from OCR and the school year had come to a close.  My son returned home and went off to summer school but with an extra five hours a day minus bus time to spend  and was back … Continue reading

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