What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new education law that President Obama just signed that reauthorizes the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), which was known to most people as NCLB (No Child Left Behind, the 2001/2002 reauthorization of ESEA). So, what does ESSA mean for students, including students with disabilities? The new ESSA does the following: Moves accountability, educator evaluations, and school improvementRead more
The purpose of the Region D Parent Technical Assistance Project (Region D PTAC) is to provide technical assistance to Parent Centers, comprised of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), in a 10 state region (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). The Region D PTAC believes that Parent Centers help foster independence in families so they are empowered to participate and advocate for their children throughout their lives.
The purpose of the Parent Training and Information (PTI) project is to provide Colorado parents, self-advocates, and family members with high quality information and training so that they can become lifelong advocates for their children and themselves. The PTI assists families and self-advocates to create change so that schools and communities are more responsive to the needs of all students.
A Vision for the Future By Guest Author Sue Swenson Here's to a day when a loving mother has options other than 'a group home,' options that provide gentle teaching and positive support, and that those options strengthen her connection to her son even if he lives elsewhere, and they do not make her feel that she is abandoning her beloved son, or abdicating her responsibilities, but rather the options allow her to feel that she is deserving of havingRead more
PEAK’s 2015 Conference on Inclusive Education: Inclusion – A Road Worth Taking was once again a SOLD OUT show, and was a wonderful experience for all of our attendees and presenters! PEAK was honored to have keynote presentations from Sue Swenson , Lydia Brown , Paula Kluth , and Hasan Davis , in addition to workshops and breakout sessions presented by experts in the fields of inclusive and evidence-based education! If you weren’t able to join us in 2015, weRead more
Question: I just had my son's Individualized Education Program meeting and wanted some time to think about it. The case manager said they need to "lock" the IEP. Does that mean the IEP cannot be changed for a year? What if the IEP doesn't work? Will all his teachers see the IEP? How does this IEP process work? Answer: The IEP process can be a little confusing! Even after an IEP is locked, the IEP team can make changes asRead more
This article, originally prepared in 1979 and republished in 2000, is still very relevant to the work that families, self-advocates, and systems-change leaders engage in on a daily basis. Enjoy, and please take a moment to learn more about the author at the end of this blog post. Negotiation, By Steven J. Taylor Short-term/Long-term You can use negotiations to work for either short-term or long-term change. Short-term change usually means helping one or a small number of people without radicallyRead more