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ERIC Number: EJ926619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Sustaining Family Involvement in Part C Policy and Services: Successes and Challenges Moving Forward
Smith, Mark A.; Gundler, Darla; Casey, Maureen; Jones, Talina
Zero to Three (J), v31 n4 p39-44 Mar 2011
For thousands of parents of children with delays or disabilities, early intervention (EI) is the start of a lifetime of personal advocacy--learning to speak up on behalf of their own child to obtain the supports and educational experiences that establish future success in school and in life. Facing severe cuts in budgets, narrowing of eligibility criteria, and gaps between EI and preschool services, families all over the United States have moved beyond "telling their stories" to becoming vigorously engaged in policy and advocacy work at the state and federal levels. Parents can do what EI professionals cannot: bring the reality of "return on investment" to policy and advocacy for Part C of IDEA--the promise of EI. This article presents strategies for engaging families in policy work and examples of the efforts of successful parent advocacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C