Want To Be A Better Advocate For Your Special Education Child?

September 6th, 2011

By Wendy Kovacs, House Calls Counseling Senior Clinician


As the new school year approaches, many parents ask the same questions… including how can I get help for my child?  What are my rights as a parent?  How much information should I share?  Is the school supposed to help me with this?  And, what am I supposed to do next?

If you have asked these questions, you are not alone!  But it probably means that you have not attended an Educational Surrogate Parent Training Program training session.  This program is designed to provide children who don’t have parents with educational advocates who will follow them through the foster care or Department of Corrections systems.  Even if you are not interested in volunteering to advocate for other children, this training program outlines all special education systems from birth to 21 years of age, child and parent rights, and the school’s responsibilities to the child and family.  It is the only comprehensive and free way to get all of this information handed to you!  If you want to better understand the special education system, and how to best advocate for your child or other children, please consider attending the training!!

Training sessions are run by the Illinois State Board of Education, and are held around the state beginning in January and running through May.  The calendar can be found at: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/pdfs/surrogate_training.pdf.  Dates include February (in Lombard, Chicago, and Streamwood), March (Chicago), April (Loves Park, Des Plaines), and May (Lake Villa, Addison).  The registration form can be found at: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/pdfs/surrogate_training_form.pdf.