Back in the Saddle

Hello again, Parents, Grandparents, Everyone!

I’ve been “gone” for a while. Broken shoulder, tried a couple of wasting-time jobs, and for a time, lost track of the info I needed to manage the account. But here I am again. And WHAT NEWS!

On January 15, 2014, I will be starting College Prep/College Readiness webinars for parents of disabled students in grades 6-12. Currently 80% of these students are destined to start college but never get the degree no matter how high their grade or SAT/ACT scores.

I am a parent of 2 disabled children with a total of 11different diagnoses. I have 25 years of education and disability consultation/advocacy experience. I KNOW children with disabilities can obtain college degrees from all kinds of schools. After working in the disability services center of Florida International University and finding out what made it possible for those students to succeed, I know it is far MORE THAN ACCOMMODATIONS or IEPs or 504 plans and it should begin in 6th grade.  Success for college students with disabilities began with informed and determined parents.

While writing a book on the subject, I found out why we parents have never had a place to go to learn what we need. We need to know 34 things other parents don’t and all that “stuff” comes out of 8 professional fields.

I will be coaching, offering professional speakers, resources, sample letters and advocacy skills and parent training. We will cover the rights and roles of parents in providing FAPE for a child.  I don’t care how many people are around a computer at school or at home while you do this. I will coach families and their professional support team (doctors, therapists, teachers, etc.) so children with the potential to become college students can also become college graduates.

If you want online coaching to help you become a stronger, positive and successful advocate and case manager for your child, if you want to know how to teach your child to be his own case manager — (successful, YES!) leave your e-mail address in a comment for this post.  Your privacy will be respected.  No post with an e-mail address in it will be published unless the writer specifically requests it.  Comments, anyone?

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