This meetup, for some, will provide a safe space to begin the journey in understanding how children with special needs change our lives - and for others, it will provide a place for advancing our knowledge as we continue our journey along side the special people in our lives. Meetings will explore: special education law, parental/custodial advocacy, networking for change, networking for support, parental insight into diagnoses, special education services and placement in public schools (FAPE), parental comparisons of available school programs and/or home services (including Early Intervention), learning what other parents have done or are doing inside their IEP meetings, discussions on what to ask schools for & why its imperative to ask, a social group for parents and a place to create play dates for our children, sharing specialist or evaluation information (school eval v. independent eval)... and/or anything else special education parents, special needs children or supporters of the special education community would like to discuss. In a Nutshell - A place to never feel awkward & never feel alone.
The Mission: Is to arm ourselves for the "battle" ahead by providing an environment driven by caring and sharing, pooling our resources & knowledge and taking advantage of our strength in numbers to better assist our children who are often so easily forgotten during the most crucial years of their educational lives. I am a mother of two small children on the Autistic Spectrum. I hope as parents of special needs children this group will make it its mission to ensure NO CHILD EVER GETS LEFT BEHIND.
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