Tips on Speaking Up for Your Child
Remember that you are the expert about your child. Be prepared to provide information about your child's special needs, strengths and weaknesses, and accommodations that have worked.
"Knowledge is power," says one parent of a child with special needs. Get information from more than one place and more than one person. Use all the information you have to speak up for your child's needs.
Go to meetings, workshops and conferences. These are great places to learn ways to speak up for your child. Also, you can talk to other parents and learn about what works for them.
This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.