Tag Archives: special education

45. Rebooting Our Systems after Breaks

It’s now October and the school year is well underway.  I hope all you parents out there used this past summer as a time to rest and recharge your batteries as much as possible.  I am sitting here thinking of the … Continue reading

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44. Focus on the Positive

I recently posted a story written by a father about his daughter on the Florida Fathers Network page. Of several comments I received, one stood out to me. It reflected that we all need to hear more about positive things … Continue reading

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41. Parents as an Untapped Resource

Parents have a vested interest to assure the success of their children with disabilities.  Asking for Help and Support Better outcomes can be achieved by employing parents to provide parent services within educational systems. The most effective practice in the … Continue reading

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40. Trust Given Is So Hard To Get Back Once Lost.

Trust given is so hard to get back once lost. In the beginning, with blind trust in the professionals working with our child, there was never a need for conflict because there was an assumption that whatever was being done … Continue reading

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39. Understanding Chain of Command, Structure and Written Policy

Often parents will experience frustration because they have identified a problem, carefully documented the course of events, and then failed to achieve resolution because they sought enforcement from the wrong person or agencies. It is important understand what policies or … Continue reading

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38. Advocating For Full Inclusion

Naturally occurring supports and services in school, neighborhood, and community are something we use every day in life and the greatest reason for advocating for full inclusion. For most of us being included is a right but for some individuals with … Continue reading

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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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