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3 advocating for your child

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Parents should be aware of their special child's rights and become an effective advocate.

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3 advocating for your child

  1. 1. ADVOCATING FOR YOUR CHILD Essential Skills By: CeLT
  2. 2. Essential Skills to become Your Childs’s Advocate SKILL 1: Become INFORMED of your child’s disability. SKILL 2: Learn the EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS of your child. USA PHILIPPINES Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act Early Intervention for Children and their Families (P.L 99-457 PART H) The Americans with Disabilities Act Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (RA 7277) UNConvention on the Rights of the Child (1989) UNConvention on the Rights of the Child (1989) UNESCO Salamanca (Inclusion) UNESCO Salamanca (Inclusion) Provision for Children with SPED Needs in the Asia Region (1994)
  3. 3. Essential Skills to become Your Childs’s Advocate SKILL 3: Learn to Become a Clear Communicator ORGANIZE THE CHILD’S RECORDS IN ONE BINDER Educational plans (IEP) or 504 accommodation plan) Assessments Medical / Diagnostic Information Meetings Report cards Teacher notes (positive &negative) Educational assessments and State testing results Any other written documents pertaining to your child’s education Communication log and copies of all emails Work samples Requests for services
  4. 4. Essential Skills to become Your Childs’s Advocate Skill 4: Learn to Work Collaboratively With Your Child’s School  focus on the positive  sometimes parents are so focused on the child  unintentionally  becomes DEMANDING/INSENSITIVE/PUSHY Skill 5: Learn to Be In Charge of Your Emotions  REAL FOCUS IS THE CHILD  MEETING HALF-WAY

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