February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/28/2017  |   9:40 AM - 10:10 AM   |  Strengthen Your Advocacy Know How! How to Advocate for Your Student Without Jeopardizing Your Job   |  Hanover B

Strengthen Your Advocacy Know How! How to Advocate for Your Student Without Jeopardizing Your Job

For the past 5 years I have opened my advocacy and IDEA training sessions to professionals. So many times I hear the same struggle, “how can I advocate for a student when it puts my job in jeopardy?” The process of becoming a student advocate is not a quick fix, it will take time. This session will explore successful tips that can put an educator in the position of being a successful advocate for their students. The techniques learned go well beyond the words to say. IT stars with developing relationships within your school and becoming very involved and aware in the process. This session can be useful information for anyone working with a child received services for their disability, including all educators birth through 21. It is especially useful for those educators who want to be able to successfully advocate for their students, without jeopardizing their position. This is not a quick fix session; it is a session that opens ideas to the educator to begin positioning themselves in the district to be viewed as an expert, hence allowing them to successfully advocate for their students. This session reinforces the fact that the special education teachers oath is to first and foremost protect the student. How can a professional do this, while protecting their job?

  • Participant will be provided with up to 10 strategies to position themselves successfully in the school.
  • Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to build relationships with other school personnel so that successful cohesion can exist.
  • Participants will gain understanding of: problem solving, planning, practicality, participation, passion, preparedness and positive influence.


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Andrea Marwah (), Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach and IL Hands & Voices, sjakiddos@gmail.com;
Andrea Marwah is the advocacy/IDEA expert for Illinois School for the Deaf. She is President of Illinois Hands & Voices, responsible for reaching parents in Illinois who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing through outreach and education. As Commissioner on Naperville's Advisory Commission on Disabilities she ensures residents are protected under ADA. Through her position as chairperson/president of IL Hands & Voices, she works closely with the EHDI (Early Detection Hearing Loss Intervention) program in the state of Illinois providing outreach to service providers. Andrea has also been published both locally and nationally on topics relating to deafness, advocacy and IDEA. After attending North Central College she obtained her BA degree in Psychology. She is first and foremost a mother to three children and wife to Ajay. Her oldest daughter Samantha is profoundly deaf. She lives in Naperville, Illinois with her family.


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