Learn to Help Other Parents During Special Education Meetings
If you are a “veteran” of IEP meetings, you may have what it takes to guide another parent through this hard-to-navigate journey. Make someone else’s special education experience easier by sharing your wisdom and applying your skills. The Parent Partner program will train selected volunteers to accompany and provide support to other parents in IEP meetings. The program will provide training in the basics of emotional support skills, advocacy strategies, the IEP process, and special education rights.
Through the Parent Partner Program, volunteers will:
- Receive 6 hours of training by Cari Levin, LCSW, special education advocate, and Verity Sandell, J.D. and Jill Calian, J.D., special education attorneys.
- Be matched with a parent/guardian of a child with a disability.
- With the support of a supervisor, meet with the parent/guardian and plan a strategy for the parent/guardian’s IEP meeting.
- Accompany that parent/guardian to their child’s IEP meeting, offering emotional support, taking notes, and raising issues as appropriate.
- Following the meeting, de-brief with the parent/guardian and supervisor.
*All volunteers will be required to attend all three training sessions. To volunteer, fill out the application below. Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted to schedule a brief interview.*
Dates/times of Training Sessions:
January 29th, February 12th, and February 26th, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the CASE offices (1940 Sherman Ave., Suite A, Evanston).
This program is co-administered by Evanston CASE and the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy and is made possible by a generous grant from the Evanston Community Foundation.