Title: 'Parent Advocacy Training'
Track: 9-Policy, Advocacy, and Legislative Issues
Keyword(s): Advocacy, IDEA, online course
Learning Objectives: Describe the online Parent Advocacy Training course to families preparing for their child's first IEP meeting. Define Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Describe three effective negotiation practices that will assist families in the development of their child's first IEP.


Many families and young children who receive services through early intervention will eventually seek educational services beyond the age of three years. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Part of the process for meeting those needs involves the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each child who requires classroom accommodations. Parent Advocacy Training (P.A.T.) is a free, online course designed to help parents build the knowledge and confidence they need to negotiate and advocate on behalf of their child with his or her school district, and provides an understanding of the legal framework to better prepare parents for the process for creating the IEP and their rights under the IDEA and the school district’s rights and responsibilities. P.A.T. also demonstrates helpful negotiation tools through documents and sample videos so families can learn how to engage in effective IEP meetings. This presentation will introduce EHDI professionals to P.A.T. as a resource for families whose children are transitioning out of early intervention and will require an IEP in school.
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Judy Harrison - AG Bell
     Credentials: M.A.
      Judy Harrison is the Interim Executive Director for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is an experienced teacher of the deaf and early interventionist specializing with cochlear implants. She currently represents AG Bell on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.
Susan Boswell - AG Bell
     Credentials: B.A.
      Susan is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She brings more than 15 years of experience in an association setting with a focus on the publications and marketing communications arenas. Most recently, she was assistant managing editor for “The ASHA Leader,” the news-magazine of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and has written extensively about audiology, speech-language pathology and school-based services.