You , as parents of children with exceptional needs,
are very special parents!!! For YOU the role of parenting has much greater
dimension than any ordinary child-rearing book imagined.
YOU, are the primary
protector of your child’s interests, the guardian of your child’s rights and
your child’s primary advocate.
Parents and educators
are partners in planning for the special needs of each child. Under state and
federal laws and regulations, parents are guaranteed the right and the opportunity
to participate in the assessment of their child, in program planning and placement
meetings, and in continuing program review and evaluation.
As partners, parents
Refer their child
for assessment if they believe their child has a disability which may
require special education services (from birth through 21); Provide informed
consent for the assessment of their child: Contribute to the
assessment of their child; Participate in
planning the instructional program for their child through the IEP; Provide consent for
services for their child; Be actively
involved in the continual review of their child’s progress; Appeal on behalf of
their child, if they disagree with the child’s identification, assessment,
instructional program, or educational placement.
Therefore, You are
an essential member of the education TEAM that designs the school program which
best suits your child. Your firsthand, round-the-clock knowledge of your child
is important information. As an active Team participant, you are encouraged to discuss
your observations of your child’s educational growth.
This website will give
you resources as parents of children with exceptional needs.
Remember... You and
your Team can create a successful program for your child.
If you have questions
about the educational process please contact your site team or you may contact
the District Special Education Parent Liaison, Margie Lumbley at or