ERIC Number: ED420127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Advocacy--Taking Charge: How To Do It.
Reisner, Helen; Simpson, Jenifer
This brief guide for parents of children with disabilities offers tips on being the child's advocate. Parents are first urged to believe in their child, believe in their own intuition, and educate themselves. They are also encouraged to: (1) document events and encounters including both objective facts and subjective response, (2) document and negotiate effective telephone calls, (3) support telephone calls with effective letters, (4) attend and advocate for the child in meetings, (5) utilize legal representation or alternate dispute resolution means when necessary, and (6) use anecdotes to illustrate major points. The guide concludes by urging parents to pick their battles and congratulate themselves for each achievement. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Conflict Resolution, Disabilities, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship
United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Community Services Division, 1660 L Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; toll-free telephone: 800-USA-5UCP; telephone: 202-776-0406; fax: 202-776-0414.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington, DC.