Presentation on theme: "CORRINE ALTMAN AG BELL BOARD OF DIRECTORS JUDY HARRISON DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS Parent Advocacy Training."— Presentation transcript:
CORRINE ALTMAN AG BELL BOARD OF DIRECTORS JUDY HARRISON DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS Parent Advocacy Training
What is Parent Advocacy Training (P.A.T.)? A free, online course that gives families the tools to successfully advocate for their child and insure his or her educational needs are met. Available in English and Spanish Face-to-face facilitated discussion groups available.
P.A.T.’s content Legal framework of special education law in the U.S. Negotiating strategies for families and school districts. Demonstrations of effective negotiating strategies. Intended audience includes families, IEP teams, clinical support professionals. Addresses ages 3 – 21 (Part B)
Part C and Early Intervention Summarized content with links to local resources. Soon available in Spanish
P.A.T.’s History with AG Bell Developed in late 1990’s by parents and legal experts to empower families. Team of facilitators for live presentations. Delivered at conferences, workshops and conventions in U.S.. Updated with support from the Oticon Foundation so families have free access, 24/7.
Features of P.A.T. Online, self-paced learning Family friendly content Glossary of terms Acronym roll-over Video samples of IEP meetings IEP Checklist Captioning Face-to-face component for group discussions Additional resources and links (Demonstration, slides 3-5)
Benefits of P.A.T. Available anywhere, anytime, to anyone – FREE of charge. Critical resource to support all parties involved in IEP development. Fosters cooperation/collaboration between families and school districts. Continuing education from AG Bell Academy. Facilitates effective IEPs. (Demonstration, legal framework)
Negotiation strategies for an IEP meeting Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) IEP plan and preparation Back-up documentation Seek collaboration, not confrontation (Video sample of IEP meeting)
Ask The Expert Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP – specializing in educational law.
How can I access P.A.T.? Visit www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/PAT/ 24/7/365 Attend a face-to-face P.A.T. discussion group. The online program and face-to-face discussion groups are free of charge.* * Attendees may not be charged for P.A.T. sessions