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ERIC Number: ED425574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
A Parent's Guide: Serving on Boards and Committees.
Coles, Sherri
This guide reviews common questions that parents of children with disabilities have about joining a board or committee, and discusses the unique strengths and skills that parents of children with disabilities bring to the group. The first part focuses on deciding to join a board or committee. Reasons to join are presented, including having a chance to help others; influencing the direction of activities, services, and policies; learning about programs that may benefit your child and other children; learning skills that will help in your present job or help to obtain a better one; and making a difference. The guide also discusses concerns about the time commitment, really making change happen, and how much responsibility will be given. Different types of committees and boards and their roles are described, including advisory groups to an agency or organization, boards with governing powers, standing committees, and ad hoc committees. Part 2 of the guide looks at some of the most common challenges after joining a committee or board, including getting others to volunteer, representing children with different kinds of disabilities, making your suggestions heard, and effective ways of keeping in touch with the people you represent. (CR)
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013-1492; Tel (voice/TTY): 800-695-0285 (Toll Free); Tel (voice/TTY): 202-884-8200; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A