Tag Archives: Public School

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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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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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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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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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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13. Off to My First Conference

As I  patiently awaited  the final ruling regarding the transportation issue,   http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seo/library/transguide.pdf I  continued to network and learn. The closest established resource was Parent to Parent of Miami and I joined them and was receiving their newsletter, (http://www.ptopmiami.org/) which listed some … Continue reading

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12. I Was An Informed Parent, And A Force To Be Reckoned With!

The complaint was filed and we would have to await the ruling.  The length of time for the complaint investigation to be processed by OCR was considerably longer than that under the State complaint. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocrcpm.html)   OCR can extend that time … 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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