- I never know what to say at these meetings.
- I feel so intimidated.
- I don’t feel like anyone is listening to me.
- Sometimes I feel so dumb!
- I don’t understand anything that is on the IEP.
- I need to feel like there is someone else in the room to support me.
- I feel rushed!
- This IEP is does not represent my Childs needs at all!
- Assist parents with steps to take after a learning disability diagnosis ( autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.)
- Prepare parents for IEP meetings and 504 Plans.
- Accompany parents to meetings or speak to the school on the family’s behalf (with signed permission.)
- Review special education documents and other forms.
- Explain reports to parents so they can have a better understanding.
- Answer any questions the parents may have related to educational support.
NOTE OF IMPORTANCE:
Educational Advocates are not attorneys and do not act as attorneys when working with families, schools, and anyone on your student’s educational team!
It is not an educational advocates stance to go into school and create a hostile environment, but rather to go in with parents and collaborate with the school’s educational team to create the most effective plan for our students while creating a working relationship between parents and schools.
The ultimate goal of an educational advocate is to communicate and advocate for the needs of your student while your student’s educational team (which includes you, the parents) come together as a whole to create the best plan possible to set your student on a path of success!
By Tona Collins