Tag: advocacy

Webinar coming on Jan 12–5 Critical Keys to Speak Up for Your Child!

2017 is starting off with a flurry of activity — and the first thing on the list is I am launching my webinar and on-line course offerings under the moniker of

Advocate Well. 

This organization is going to combine my two loves–advocacy and wellness.  Having a child with special needs can create a lot of stress for parents.  I was under so much stress 10 years ago that my teeth started to fall out.  We now know that stress is the number ONE cause of disease.  I meet so many parents who are sick.  When you don’t feel well, you can’t be present to advocate for your child.

The first FREE webinar that I’m planning for this year is
5 Critical Keys to Speak Up for Your Child.  Click on the link to register for the free webinar!

It’s not just for parents in Texas–it’s for parents and providers who support parents all over the US.  I will be teaching my simple, step by step strategies to making sure that when I take my seat at the ARD/IEP table, the other members of the team cannot just write me off as another mom.

While these strategies are simple, I have been amazed at how many people, even those who are long time advocates don’t use them.    In this course I will teach you how to:

  1. Know who to know
  2. Supercharge Your  Child’s IEPs
  3. Tap into the Network of Experts
  4. Overcome the Number One Tactic the School Uses to Deny Services
  5. Tame the Paper Dragon

So join me on Jan 12 on-line by clicking here!  Looking forward to it!

Need Help with ARD/IEP meetings?

Send me the e-booklet!

I’m excited to be sharing a e-booklet I’ve written to help parents use the power that IDEA grants them as a member of the ARD/IEP committee. 

This booklet is for you if you’ve ever been:

  • unable to get the school to send you paper or electronic copies of your child’s evaluations 72 hours BEFORE the ARD/IEP meeting so that you have enough chance to read and digest them
  • to an ARD/IEP meeting for “one little thing” that suddenly and surprising turned into a discussion you didn’t want
  • surprised to find unexpected people present you weren’t expecting
  • surprised to find people not present who you were expecting
  • unable to have the ARD/IEP committee address a concern that you’ve been bringing up

Send me the e-booklet!

OSERS is Listening–Do YOU have anything to say?

This week–Dec 12 – 16, OSERS (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services) is in Texas in response to the Houston Chronicle series Denied.  This series details how TEA set a cap through the Performance Based Monitoring System on the percentage of students in Texas that school districts could serve.  If a school district provides more than 8.5% of its students with special ed services, then TEA lowers their performance level.

Listening sessions  will be held this week in only five Texas cities.  Click on the link to find out details for where and when.  People testifying will have 3 minutes to present their story.

In Houston, 100 people signed up to speak, and in Dallas 96 people signed up.  Both sessions ran over their 2 hour allotted time because parents and teachers were so passionate to share their stories about children being denied needed and federally mandated services.

Additionally, US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was in attendance for the entire Houston session, and she took notes on the names of specific schools where parents reported serious issues.  Rep. Jackson Lee has requested that people feel free to contact her in Washington if they have a story to share.  Also in attendance was Houston based Texas state Sen. Sylvia Garcia.

If a parent, teacher, or related service provider has more to say than can fit in three minutes, the a blog has been set up to allow stakeholders to say more.

Please share these links with all parents whose children receive special education services through either ECI or the public schools.

Please comment on the blog if you can’t be there in person.  Together we can make a difference.


Would you like to know more about how to speak up for your child?

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