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October Meeting-Special Education Advocacy 101

Posted by SwampscottPAC on September 17, 2009

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30-8:30, at the Swampscott High School to hear Ellen Chambers of SPEDWatch present a workshop on Special Education Advocacy 101.  If you are new (or not so new) to the world of special education this presentation will give you the basic information you’ll need to start advocating for your student with disabilities.  From building a strong independent clinical team, to working effectively with school systems, this training lays a solid foundation on which more sophisticated advocacy techniques can be built. 

 SPEDWatch, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit social change movement fighting to secure the educational rights of all Massachusetts schoolchildren with disabilities, ages 3-21. This activist organization was founded by Ellen Chambers, a veteran special education advocate and parent of a daughter with high functioning autism.

SPEDWatch members are working to eliminate the root causes of educational discrimination against Massachusetts students with disabilities, including:

  • Widespread noncompliance with, and poor enforcement of, special education laws
  • Poor funding of education in general
  • A pervasive misunderstanding about who these students are and what they are capable of achieving
  • A parent population which is isolated, unorganized, and often too afraid of retaliation to speak out publicly

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