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ERIC Number: EJ1104083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Dare to Dialogue: Engaging Parents in System Change
Graham, Patrick; Kennedy, Sara; Lynch, Johanna
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v17 p68-71 2016
Determined parents are powerful advocates at all levels of our society. Parents can move mountains for their child, and they often do. State teams that actively collaborate with parents gain new perspectives, ideas, and energy. Statewide transition planning teams welcomed the authors--three parents who are also professionals active in the deaf educational community--into their discussion and planning. These teams--part of pepnet 2, the federally funded project with the mission to increase the education, career, and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing--are located in the states of Oregon, Colorado, and North Carolina. An ideal team is one in which parents collaborate freely with professionals with no question off limits; it has clear objectives, norms, standards of practice, and history available to all. These ideal teams include stakeholders mirroring the community's wide continuum of language, cultural diversity, and experience. Representatives come from state education agencies; vocational rehabilitation; local districts; and public, charter, and schools for the deaf. Parents of current or recent students from a variety of backgrounds and geographical areas and the students themselves also participate, adding immeasurably to the 360° view of transition planning. This article discusses barriers to parental engagement in meaningful collaboration, and provides examples of how various teams are working to gain momentum in accomplishing their team goals.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; North Carolina; Oregon
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