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The Importance of Including Your Child in Their Own IEP Meeting

March 6, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

We as parents spend a lot of time advocating for our children when they are young.  However, there comes a time when our children become older and they have to learn how to advocate for themselves; knowing when the time is right will depend on your child.  If your child is still attending elementary school, they are most likely NOT mature enough to participate.  For those of you who have children in middle school, now is the time to think about the prospect of someday having your child attend their own IEP meeting. Read the rest of this entry →

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Won’t You Stand Up

October 1, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

This song says it all!

All the lonely people cryin’.  It could change if we just get started.  Lift the darkness, light a fire.  For the silent and the broken hearted

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up you girls and boys?

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

There’s a comfort.  There’s healing.  High above the pain and sorrow.  Change is coming, Can you feel it?  Calling us in to a new tomorrow.  Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up you girls and boys?

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

When the walls fall all around you.  When your hope has turned to dust.  Let the sound of love surround you.  Beat like a heart in each of us.

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up you girls and boys?

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

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Ten Tips to Build Self-Advocacy Skills

August 30, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Self-Advocacy refers to an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. (VanReusen et al., 1994)

Below are ten tips to help build self-advocacy skills:  Read the rest of this entry →

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Transition Planning: Getting That First Job

August 4, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Dennise Goldberg

Transitioning into that first job takes time and planning. While the questions to be answered are similar for the individual who has graduated and for those in High School, the preparations are different. Questions include: Is the pursuit going to be part time or with a career-path? What does he or she want to do? What are his or her strengths? Preparations for someone in High School include Transition planning, planning the class schedule towards the job’s entry –level requirements, and really taking time to review what the student might be interested in. Preparations for a graduate focus on employability and include: determining potential career goals, and focused volunteer work.

Where to start?

Has the individual graduated high school? Or do they attend High School? There will be a different path depending on the answer. Read the rest of this entry →

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Into the Deep End: A Parents’ Guide to Diving into Transition

June 5, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

A son or daughter’s move from school into adulthood is one of the biggest and potentially most difficult life changes, and this is particularly true for students with special needs. As the transition approaches, students and their parents may find themselves anxious and concerned by the change and uncertainty on the horizon. Read the rest of this entry →

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Advocacy: Your Present Job, Your Child’s Future Job

April 28, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Today we had a terrific conversation on @thecoffeeklatch about being your child’s advocate and turning them into an advocate for themselves. The following is a summary of the discussion. It is a conglomeration of the wonderful thoughts and ideas produced by a group of tremendously supportive parents of special needs kids. Some of these ideas are mine, but not all. Please go to the search box on your twitter profile, and type in #tck to see the actual discussion of these topics. Read the rest of this entry →

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Self-Advocacy for Special Needs Students

September 17, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Have you ever looked at the definition of IEP team members?

The IEP team must include, 1) the parents of the child, 2) at least one general education teacher, 3) at least one special education teacher, 4) a District Representative, 5) any instructors that have assessed your child, 6) other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child and 7) when appropriate, the child. Read the rest of this entry →

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