On The Call: Parent Advocates

by Jeremy Neff & Erin Wessendorf-Wortman

The addition of a parent advocate can quickly change the dynamic of IEP planning meetings from sweet to sour. Jeremy and Erin discuss the law surrounding  IEP team membership specifically defined under IDEA and how you do or don’t define “expertise and specialized knowledge” of the child when an advocate is brought into the committee group. They share a recent case out of Pennsylvania which highlights the rights of school administrators in certain situations related to parent advocates. Practical tips – and tools – are included in the discussion which can help make the process more of a treat, less of a trick.  

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