By Syracuse University
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The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education. iAdvocate uses problem-based learning strategies, simulations, and provides contextual access resources to build parental advocacy skills and knowledge.
iAdvocate provides parents with both information and most importantly, strategies in regards to their educational rights and getting their child’s needs met. The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education and to provide the most inclusive and meaningful educational environment for students with disabilities.
iAdvocate contains three sections: strategies, a compilation of approaches that parents can pursue as advocates; resources, which lists and, where possible, links to such references as laws, books, articles, web sites, video presentations, and organizations that provide information on inclusive education; and, responses, which features simulated interactions, such as replies to common statements made by school professionals regarding services and accommodations for children.
What's New in Version 1.1
Helpful to parents...and teachers!
Good questions and strategies that all involved should be aware of. Just remember to try to avoid anything confrontational. A suggestion would be to have a pre-meeting with the advocate teacher/case manager prior to the IEP. If you try to pull this stuff AT the meeting, and a IEP team member feels ambushed, do you really think that would be in the best interest of the child? Parents have a great deal of influence in the IEP meetings (and should not abuse their power), but remember that there are other experts that are part of the IEP team; so work as a team. If not, the child will be the one that gets screwed. Good luck.
Good but add more content
A complaint vs mediation section would be helpful as well as an easy way to bookmark specific sections of the law. A place to make notes during the meeting right in the app would also be nice.