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The Importance of Parent Advocates for Special Needs Families

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Going to a meeting at school can be intimidating for many families. Now imagine how it feels for the parents of a child with special needs. They go into a room filled with teachers, administrators, and therapists of all kinds. Many may be new to this process after a new diagnosis. They can easily feel overwhelmed and unprepared. They may not understand what is being said to them. This can add to their stress and make them feel like outsiders in the IEP or other meetings taking place.

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Friendship Programs Beneficial for Teens

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The teenage years are often a challenging time for students. Teens are trying to find their own way in the world. They are gaining independence and determining what they may want to do with life. At the same time, they are put into social situations where many may be pushed to the side and left out. This is what happens to a lot of special needs teens. Special needs teens have the same friendship desires as their peers. The problem for some is they may not be able to go to social venues like regular physical education class, sporting events, and more. To assist with this some schools are turning to buddy programs.

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Parents Fight for Proper Services for Their Children

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The need for proper services for all children is important in the world of education. This is especially true for those with special needs. A growing concern of parents is that their children may not be receiving the right level of support services. Each state has a protocol for special education referrals. It is critical for special education teachers and other therapists working in schools to understand this process. When working with students, they need to know how to advocate with the family for what the child requires to be most successful in the least restrictive learning environment. If a request is made, there is a time period in which school districts must address the concern, test, and report back to families.

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Teaching Others About Special Needs

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed on July 25, 1990. Twenty-five years later, people with disabilities still have to worry about being accepted and understood by others. The ADA prohibits discrimination for people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

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How Universal Pre-K Could Benefit Kids with Special Needs

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A growing debate across the country, and especially in New York State, is the desire for Universal Pre-K programs. Studies have shown that the sooner you get all children into schools and excited about learning, the more likely they are to succeed.

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