If you have a complex IEP issue, contacting the parent Liaison is a great idea. And often it is helpful to get another opinion or perspective. Several community resources exist for this purpose, DREDF is one. In their recent newsletter, they sent this:
DREDF is a non-profit law and policy center for adults and children with disabilities. We operate a Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center to help families and others in the community get the information, training, and resources they need to advocate effectively for the education rights of children with all types of disabilities. Our Foster Youth Resources for Education (FYRE) program, a Community Parent Resource Center, is dedicated to the educational needs of foster children and youth with disabilities, their caregivers, and others who support the needs of foster youth. These resources are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
We offer our services free of charge.
Call 510-644-2555 or 800-348-4232 to contact an Education Advocate.
UPCOMING DREDF WORKSHOPSRegistration is Required. Space is Limited.
UNDERSTANDING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS
An overview of the special education process, Section 504, and IDEA laws.
Date: Second Monday of the month except August & December
Next offered: July 13, 2009
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm (Pizza included!)
IEP CLINIC APPOINTMENTS
Call to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a DREDF Education Advocate to discuss an issue around your child's IEP or504 Plan. Bring IEP and other pertinent paperwork. You must attend our special education workshop (above) to qualify for this service.
Date: Third Tuesday of every month except July, August, & December
Next offered: September 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (30 minute appointments)
Where: DREDF, 2212 Sixth St, Berkeley, CA
To register: Tyler Zoanni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-644-2555 ext. 227