Independent Special Education Advocates and IEP Facilitation: Challenges and Opportunities. Presenters. Candace Cortiella Director, The Advocacy Institute Jamie Ruppmann ASSIST Consulting Diane Willcutts DLK Consulting. AGENDA. Roles and Responsibilities Factors in parent-school conflict
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Independent Special Education Advocates and IEP Facilitation: Challenges and Opportunities
Candace CortiellaDirector, The Advocacy Institute
Jamie RuppmannASSIST Consulting
“Managing” Parent-Professional Relationships
Congressional Report Language specifies that one of the ways amendments improve education is by “Encouraging early informal resolution of problems”
“The committee is discouraged to hear that many parents, teachers, and school officials find that some current IDEA provisions encourage an adversarial, rather than a cooperative, atmosphere, in regards to special education. In response, the committee has made changes to promote better cooperation and understanding between parents and schools, leading to better educational programs and related services for children with disabilities”.
which is not mentioned in IDEA
“Professionals play a big part in the lives of disabled people and their families. It often looks to parents as though outsiders hold the child’s future in their hands.”
“For their part, professional often feel less powerful than they appear to clients”
“A child’s problem and his parents’ pain touch doctors and teachers deeply. They are vulnerable, too”.Helen Featherstone: “A Difference in the Family”
Why not use school staff to facilitate IEP meetings?
Imbalance of power
Education advocates possess foundational skills necessary for effective facilitation.
“Parents and teachers still have a lot to learn about helping one another and must now become more realistic about what can reasonably be expected from their cooperation” (W. B. Cutler III, 2000)