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Special Education Advocacy

Effective advocacy for special needs children requires special knowledge and skill. Many advocates find themselves in trouble, sometimes having their engagements terminated, because they are not aware of the need for skills beyond simply arguing about the provisions of IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,) or they have not had proper or sufficient training.

Successful advocacy in Special Education cases requires more than knowledge about IDEA. It requires strong listening skills, strong quotients of emotional and social intelligence, creative and critial thinking and more. Become an effective advocate for children with special education needs. More than a course, it is a meaningful and rewarding journey.

Course Curriculum
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Special Education Advocacy Course Curriculum

Day 1 [Sessions 1 & 2]

Law & Procedure

Starting with an understanding of what Special Education Advocacy is and isn’t, participants will learn the history of special education and the current rules and regulations mandated by federal law under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Participants will spend time diving into both federal and state law, as well as the procedures established in order for a child to be eligible for special education services.

Day 2 [Sessions 3 & 4]

Essential Skills & Application

Participants learn the essential skills and fundamental principles of highly effective advocates, and how to be an active participant within the Individualized Education Plan committee. An in-depth review of special education services, conflict resolution skills, and data collection methods are reviewed in this section of the course.  How to get started as a practicing Advocate for Children with Special Needs is discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

Define what special education is and the role of a special education advocate

Understand and reference both federal and state law as it pertains to special education

List the 13 areas of eligibility for special education services

Provide guidance and understanding of the special education process to parents and guardians of

children with disabilities

Collect useful data to help drive recommendations and decisions for the child’s success

Become an active and vital participant in Individualized Educational Plan meetings

Guide families and school personnel in the creation of effective educational plans that are unique to each child

Assist families and school personnel in resolving deadlocks and disagreements through conciliation, empathy, and cooperation

Ensure all components within an IEP meeting are adequately and thoughtfully addressed

Consider various elements that make up a thorough special education evaluation

Support and assist discipline procedures for children with disabilities

Make parents and guardians aware of alternative complaint options in the event an agreement is not reached

Utilize techniques and skills to minimize or avoid conflict amongst families and school personnel

Utilize various resources in order to stay up to date with the law and effective interventions used for children with special needs

Describe and implement ethical practices recommended when working with children with disabilities and their families

Effectively advocate for children with special needs and their families so that they may receive a meaningful education

Included with Tuition

Included with Tuition

The tax-deductible tuition for this program is only $695 for two full, comprehensive days of training. Tuition includes all necessary class materials as well as resources for working with students and school districts after course completion, including:

  • A Professional Special Education Advocate Certificate

  • Resources and tools for handling cases

  • Forms, templates, and a business model for either incorporating services into an existing practice or establishing new connections in school districts 

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credits

This program is approved for 16 Continuing Education Credits for psychologists and other mental health professionals and pending approval for Continuing Legal Education Credits for attorneys.

 

In order to receive credit you must attend all sessions in their entirety. In cases of emergencies, it may be possible to make up assignments to satisfy attendance requirements. 

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