I rencetly ecounterd this interesting article on Advocacy in Special Education. Please read and share at: When Parents Aren't Enough: Estrenal Advocacy in Special Educaiton.
When children are identified as having special educational needs, these needs rarely subside when children graduate and enter the workforce. For example, if children struggle with reading due to a disability, that struggle tends to follow the disabled individual as he or she becomes an employee. And yet, many special education programs fail to address ways in which special needs kids may become adequately prepared to thrive in the workforce and post-secondary institutions even if they will continue to struggle with certain tasks throughout their adult lives.
For nearly 40 years, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has helped to ensure that children with special needs and children with learning disabilities receive the educational opportunities that they are entitled to. IDEA is a complex and nuanced law. Among its many provisions is the assertion that children with special needs must be given access to a continuum of placement options.