Parent Advocacy in Special Education: Strategies, Supports and Quality Control
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This module is divided into 6 units. Through the use of graphics, audio, assignments, surveys and polls, you will learn about advocating for an individual with a disability and how to accept responsibility for monitoring and increasing the quality of the specialized services you receive.
In Unit 2 you will learn how the history of advocacy in the United States provides a context into which we can understand parent advocacy for the education of their children with disabilities. Unit 3 outlines a number of concepts integral to effective advocacy: communication, documentation, legal rights and special education legal terminology. At the conclusion of this module you will become aware that knowledge empowers you to be an effective advocate for not only your child, but your parent or friend as well. Unit 4 provides details on essential strategies for effective empowerment. Unit 5 considers the intricacies of the legal system and will enable you to understand how increasing your knowledge base is a key tool in increasing your advocacy skills. The final unit, #6, offers a discussion of parent support networks and a description of the self-advocacy movement.
Additionally, There are slides interspersed throughout the presentation titled APQI - Autism Program Quality Indicators (hint: remember this). These indicators were developed by the by the New York Autism Network at the request of the New York State Education Department and are intended as a self-review and quality improvement guide for schools and programs serving students with autism spectrum disorders. These benchmarks will help YOU to identify essential aspects of programming for effective services.
The presentations, as well as assignments that complement the material, are used to help you to participate more actively in the learning process. In addition, there is a 3-part survey and several class polls to help me understand your needs. More details are provided in the syllabus.
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