March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   2:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  Topical Session 2   |  Sunrise   |  4 - Early Intervention

Advocating for Your Child in the School System

Transitioning from early intervention and an IFSP to the local school system and an IEP can be a daunting experience. FMs, sign language, listening and spoken language, Cued Speech, oh my! It's enough to make anyone run for the hills! Parents are an integral part of the IEP team and the ones who know their child the best. There are proactive steps that parents can take to ensure that their voice is heard while ensuring their child's needs are being met.

  • State at least 3 things parents can do to prepare for an IEP meeting.

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Karla Giese (Primary Presenter), AGBMS-AEHI, karla.giese@agbms.org;
Karla is a deaf adult, well experienced in all modes of communication: written, spoken, signing, and cueing. Karla is an active advocate for deaf education and access to literacy for all deaf children. Currently, Karla oversees the Student Support Services Program at Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School near Chicago, a model program that uses Cued Speech and spoken language to educate deaf and hearing children together. Karla is also the Coordinator of CHOICES for Parents, a statewide referral/resource program for families of children with hearing loss. Karla has worked with deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages, from birth to age 21, across all educational settings, utilizing all modes of communication. As a student of deaf education programs, a teacher in deaf education programs, and an administrator of deaf education programs, Karla has come full circle and enjoys sharing her experiences with others.


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