ERIC Number: ED452664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Family Roles in EI Programs.
Popper, Barbara K.
Early Childhood Bulletin, Nov 1997
Input from a variety of viewpoints is essential in complex policy discussions. Families serving on local interagency coordinating councils (LICCs) and state interagency coordinating councils (SICCs) should reflect the diversity of families served within the early intervention or preschool service system with respect to income level, ethnicity, gender, age and diagnosis of child. There are a variety of ways in which parents can get involved, from volunteering, to receiving reimbursement for their work, to being hired as part or full time consultants. More and more states are developing realistic reimbursement policies and simple procedures for requesting cost reimbursement in order to help create a level playing field for all families. A number of state programs are also hiring parents as liaisons or consultants to help weave the family perspective into the work of the agency. This involves specific challenges such as training and support for the parent/consultant, ensuring job security, and helping parents adapt to their new roles. There are a growing number of parents with experience in all of these roles to seek out for advice and support. This article reflects discussions about these issues at ICC parent meetings and conference calls coordinated by NECTAS (National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System) in 1995 and 1996. (SG)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Educational Policy, Financial Support, Parent Empowerment, Parent Participation, Policy Formation, Preschool Education, Services, Special Education
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NECTAS), 137 E. Franklin St., Suite 500, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3628. Tel: 919-962-8426 (Voice); Tel: 877-574-3194 (TDD); Fax: 919-966-7463; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.nectas.unc.edu.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System, Chapel Hill, NC.; Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997