Advocacy & Training
While Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership is happy to pave the way in planning and conducting meetings for your children, it is also important for parents to become the lead advocate for their child. Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership’s special needs program helps parents to become their child’s best advocate. Knowing and understand your child is something that comes naturally to parents. Parent’s intuitive knowledge is an important advantage when making decisions pertaining to a child’s education.
One of the goals of Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership’s special needs program is to provide advocacy services and trainings to families with children with special needs. The partnership will provide support, trainings and information so that parents can clearly communicate their child’s needs and feel comfortable requesting services from their child’s school. The Partnership hopes to assist parents in resolving problems and maintaining relationships with the school.
PARTICIPATING EFFECTIVELY IN THE PROCESS
It is important for parents to be the best advocate for their child at school. The partnership proactively coaches parents in order to empower them to speak for their children and themselves. This allows parents to become an active and positive member of the educational team.
ADVOCACY & IEP DEVELOPMENT
When a child qualifies for special education services, educational team will create an Individualized Education Plan called and IEP. All stakeholders including parent, therapists, school administrators, teachers, and special education teachers attend the meetings and may be referred to as the IEP team. The child may also attend the meetings upon parent discretion. Consultants and or doctors may also attend if their participation provided valuable input and support.
SELF- ADVOCACY EDUCATION & TRAINING
Advocating for your child can seem like an overwhelming task. Many parents know what is best for their child, but fear backlash from the school system, when asking questions or making requests. In order for parents to be effective advocates for their children, the parent must acquire the knowledge of the special education process. In addition, they must be able to clearly communicate their child’s strengths and needs. The partnership will provide advocacy training for parents to become with child’s personal advocate.