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Special Needs - Advocating for Your School-Aged Child

02.07.2014, by Susan Conolly
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By Suzanne on February 6, 2014

“Let no children be demeaned,
or have their wonder diminished,
because of our ignorance or inactivity;

Let no adults be deprived of discovery,
because we lack the resources to
discover their learning needs;

Let neither children nor adults – ever -
doubt themselves or their minds because
we are unsure of our commitment.”

So reads the National Center for Learning Disabilities Credo.  Since 1977, the NCLD has “been working diligently to improve the lives of all individuals with learning disabilities” by:

  •     Offering resources, guidance and support to parents
  •     Providing tools, resources and professional development to educators
  •     Developing policies and engaging advocates in order to strengthen rights and opportunities for all individuals who struggle to learn                                                                                                                                                                                                        

All children have “the right to a free and appropriate public school education.”   However, not all children are alike so what that education” looks like” often depends on how strong an advocate you are for your child and their potential special needs.  In their online article, “Advocating for Your School-Aged Child” the NCLD outlines the rights that are federally mandated by the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

In addition, the article also outlines these tips:

    Collect as much information as possible.
    Talk to your child about school.
    Don’t be afraid to ask questions or say no.
    Stay level-headed.
    Get support from others.

No one knows your child better than you do and the NCLD is ready to support you in helping them reach their educational best!

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