Question: advocate

how can I find an advocate to go with me to iep meetings and that won't cost me an arm and a leg?


Advice from Schoolfamily

LiviaMcCoy writes:
Unfortunately, people who do this professionally do cost money. However, you do have some options. I would be sure that you understand what your child needs in order to succeed in school. Then, I would find an interested friend or relative who can go over it with you and understand the situation, too. Make a checklist of things you wish to discuss in the IEP meeting. I would have them go with you to the meeting. These IEP meetings can be intimidating (and emotional) and having a friend or relative with you can make you more confident when talking to them. Your friend can also point out something that the two of you discussed earlier that did not come out in the meeting. I would also make sure that what is in your child's IEP is actually carried out in the classroom. Some classroom teachers are not even told what they are supposed to be doing for each child on an IEP. A friendly call from a parent can be helpful. Try to see your child's teachers as your partners.
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