ERIC Number: ED215528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
How to Get Services by Being Assertive. For Parents of Handicapped Children and Their Helpers.
Des Jardins, Charlotte; And Others
The handbook presents exercises to help parents of handicapped children become more assertive in securing services for their children. An introductory section explains the basic premises of the handbook: (1) that parents are equal partners with professionals; (2) that parents are the authority on their child; and (3) that parents have 10 specific rights, including rights to question decisions regarding their child and to make mistakes without feeling guilty. Assertive and nonassertive behaviors are contrasted. A second section is devoted to developing positive attitudes while eliminating negative ones, and contains chapters with titles such as "How to Get Rid of the Shakes and Put Punch in Your Speeches" and "How to Put Down the Put Down." The third section, on assertiveness at special education meetings, discusses the parents' role in individualized education program meetings and due process hearings. Assertiveness exercises follow which focus on dealing with the bureaucracy through such techniques as repetition and escalation. A section on assertiveness with bureaucrats and public officials includes suggestions for public hearings and use of the media. A final section presents accounts of parents and family members who achieved success through assertive behavior. (CL)
Descriptors: Assertiveness, Child Advocacy, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Attitudes, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship
Coordinating Council for Handicapped Children, 220 S. State St., Room 412, Chicago, IL 60604 ($5.00 plus $1.00 postage and handling, quantity discount available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Co-Ordinating Council for Handicapped Children, Chicago, IL.