Speak Up…for your child
It’s that time of year, where we find ourselves deep in the alphabet soup of the special education world. IEPs, 504s, referrals and assessments; wherever you are in the journey, these quick tips can help you thrive, not just survive, back to school meetings.
We’re here to make things a little easier!
Everything we do at Family Connection is focused on ensuring that parents and those with disabilities or special healthcare needs have the information and support needed to effectively advocate for themselves.
Our goal is that all individuals have the opportunities to reach their full potential.
What is Self-Advocacy, and Why is It Important?
Wrightslaw answers these two questions quite succinctly, so we’re going to quote from them. Speaking directly to those with disabilities but relevant to all of us:
What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.
Why is Self-Advocacy Important?
So that you have the knowledge needed to succeed and are given the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your life.
Parents may need some orientation to this topic, too.